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Emergency Care



If you are experiencing
a medical emergency,
call 911 immediately.

Emergency services are available at CMC 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If a heart attack or stroke is suspected, DO NOT DRIVE to the hospital. Call 911 immediately.

Full service emergency department equipped to handle acutely ill or injured persons

When medical emergencies occur, the physicians, nurses, and other skilled caregivers of CMC’s Emergency Department (ED) are ready, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. CMC’s ED is full service, state-of-the-art facility that is prepared to care for acutely ill or injured persons.

CMC is verified as a Level III Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). CMC is already designated as a Level III Adult Trauma Center and Level IV Pediatric Trauma Center by the State of New Hampshire. We have 30 treatment rooms equipped with bedside monitoring capabilities, and dedicated areas for trauma, cardiac, stroke and pediatric patients. Our highly-trained physicians are certified by the American College of Emergency Physicians. Our nursing staff and EMS team have received specialized emergency care training and hold various emergency care certifications. 

CMC’s Emergency Department is committed to our community. We are the resource hospital for several local ambulance services and provide emergency education throughout the area. Our EMS team regularly offers life-saving training in the community.  As the first line of treatment in critical situations, we also look to offer innovative approaches, like our telestroke ambulance program. CMC also offers Urgent Care in Bedford, NH for less serious illness and injuries.

Clinical Decision Unit

Not all patients who come to the hospital need to be admitted to the hospital—yet not everyone is ready to be sent home. CMC’s Clinical Decision Unit (CDU) provides ongoing, short-term observation, assessment, and treatment for these patients. The time a patient spends in the CDU allows providers to administer short-term therapy and decide on whether a hospital admission is necessary. 

The CDU is located next to CMC’s ED. Emergency Department providers determine who will be admitted to the CDU. The nurses and advanced practice providers in the CDU will provide short-term, quality care, educating the patient and family members on:
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment plans
  • Medications
  • Estimated length of stay
  • Discharge planning
The length of stay on the CDU is typically averages 8-16 hours – not days. For more information about the CDU, please call 603.665.4901.
Emergency Department

What to bring with you

We understand that most visits to the emergency department aren’t planned in advance. However, if you are able, it is helpful to bring the following with you:

  • Photo ID
  • Health insurance information (card)
  • List of prescription medications and dosages you are currently taking
  • List of medication and other allergices
  • Contact information for your primary care provider (if you have one)
  • List of questions you and your family may have  
After your visit, the Emergency Department at CMC will notify your primary care provider, so they may follow through with any discharge care instructions.      

National & Local Recognition
Union Leader Readers' Choice Awards

For 50 years, we've had the privilege of delivering world-class care to our patients, their families, and our community. Thank you for supporting our dedicated staff and making us your Readers' Choice.
June 2024

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CMC nationally recognized for its high-quality stroke care

We’re proud to be recognized with the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus quality achievement for our commitment to excellence in stroke care. Congratulations & thank you to our dedicated staff!
July 2023

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AHA’s GoldPlus Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke

We’re proud to be nationally recognized with the American Heart Association’s GoldPlus Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke quality achievement award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability.
June 2022

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The DAISY Award

Congratulations to Kyla T., RN, CEN, CPEN, TCRN our latest DAISY Award recipient! She was recognized with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses for the compassionate care she recently provided to an emergency department patient. In nominating Kyla, the patient wrote, "What a breath of fresh air! She was kind and compassionate. Holding my hand and explaining everything to me. She was patient and listened to what I had to say. Kyla made it a point to keep me comfortable." Thank you Kyla!
May 2021

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Our Locations

Meet Our

Trauma Team

Here's a look at the health care team members you might encounter when being treated at the CMC Emergency Department.

For minor injuries & illnesses

Urgent Care

The medical staff at CMC's Urgent Care provides medical care for conditions that aren't an immediate, serious threat to life or health. Conveniently located in Bedford, NH, it is also the place to go when you need medical treatment outside of your primary care physician's regular office hours. 603.314.4567