Emergency Department

emergency department

When an emergency occurs, Catawba Valley Medical Center’s Emergency Department doors are always open to people in need of medical treatment. The department is operated on a triage basis – meaning that patients are treated based on the urgency of their needs. More than 51,000 patients are treated in the Emergency Department annually.


The Emergency Department provides diagnostic and treatment services for patients presenting with a wide range of injuries and illnesses. Patients may be discharged immediately following emergency treatment or transferred to an inpatient unit or other medical facility for additional medical attention.

Fast Track

Self select the Fast Track option in the Emergency Department for minor emergencies such as small burns, lacerations, ear infections, cold/flu symptoms, sore throats, toothaches and sprains. Fast Track speeds up the time it takes to be treated and optimizes care for more critical patients.

Medical Services