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Emergency Department at Central Vermont Medical Center

Our Emergency Department provides high-quality 24/7 emergency care to the central Vermont community for medical emergencies such as broken bones, car accidents or heart attacks.

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Central Vermont Medical Center Main Campus

Central Vermont Medical Center
130 Fisher Road
Berlin, VT  05602

Phone: 802-371-4264
Fax: 802-371-4481

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We staff the Emergency Department 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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The Emergency Department at CVMC is where medical emergencies, such as broken bones, car accidents or heart attacks are treated. Ideally, if you are sick or injured, you should first check with your provider to see if you should go to the Emergency Department. But if this is not possible, the Emergency Department is here to help you.

For non-critical emergencies, see also our CVMC ExpressCare urgent care clinic.

Our Services

The following are things you need to know about Emergency Care at CVMC:

  • Everyone is treated regardless of their ability to pay
  • All patients must register when they arrive with information such as name, address, family provider and insurance coverage.
  • Treatment will not be delayed because of registration
  • If you are too ill to provide the needed information, a family member can help
  • Arriving here with your medications or a list of your medications is very helpful to the staff
  • You or your family member must sign a consent form which allows the ED staff to treat you and bill your insurance company
  • A triage nurse is responsible for evaluating your condition before you are seen by an Emergency Department provider
  • You will be seen and treated as soon as possible depending on the seriousness of your situation
  • You have the right and responsibility to express any concerns you may have to the nurse assigned to you

Treatment

You will be seen by an Emergency Department provider, assigned a nurse, and may have:

  • vital signs (such as blood pressure, pulse and temperature) taken
  • x-rays, lab tests, EKGs (heart tracing) or other tests

Depending on test results you may need:

  • a visit from a specialist
  • admission to the hospital
  • bandages, casts or splints
  • medication
  • IV fluids
  • stitches
  • surgery

Transfer to Another Hospital

Some patients will require transfer to another hospital for certain critical care conditions. We have longstanding working relationships with the two academic tertiary care hospitals in our region, the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, New Hampshire. We work closely with them to make many services available to our patients, including:

  • STEMI Care: STEMI stands for ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction. That refers to patients having active heart attacks and we treat this with the utmost urgency, stabilizing and rapidly delivering our patients to the University of Vermont Medical Center or Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for emergent cardiac catheterization and further intervention treatment.
  • Stroke Care: Stroke, too, is a condition requiring rapid identification, stabilization, and treatment. If appropriate, we use medication that can open up a blocked artery in the brain. In some other cases, we transfer our patients to the University of Vermont Medical Center or Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center where advanced interventional therapies can be carried out.
  • Trauma Care: Some trauma patients who are stabilized in our Emergency Department will be transferred to the University of Vermont Medical Center or Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for further evaluation and treatment.

In addition to our excellent local ambulance crews, we also have access to DHART (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team). DHART air medical transportation operates 24 hours a day and seven days a week. DHART helicopter crews transport adult, pediatric and neonatal patients to ANY appropriate medical facility in New England.

Costs and Insurance

The Emergency Department at CVMC treats all patients without regard to their insurance coverage or their ability to pay. If you have insurance, bring your insurance card with you and present it at registration in the ED.

Please note:

Some insurance companies require a referral from the primary care provider to provide full coverage. Coverage may also be reduced or denied if your insurance company determines that your visit did not meet their criteria for an "emergency." Please refer to your insurance policy so that you fully understand the coverage provisions for use of the emergency department.

If you do not have insurance, you can contact a Financial Counselor at 802-371-5999 to help you with your bill.

Follow Up

You will be given instructions when you are released from the Emergency Department. These may include:

  • Making arrangements to see a provider or specialist.
  • Signs and symptoms that would alert you to return to the ED.
Physician Assistant
Emergency Medicine Physician
Emergency Medicine Physician
Nancy Chickering, MD
Emergency Medicine Physician
Jordice Corey, APRN, NP
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Mark R. Depman, MD
Emergency Medicine Physician
Andrew Felsted, DO
Emergency Medicine Physician
Matthew J. Greenberg, MD, FACEP
Emergency Medicine Physician
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Javad Mashkuri, MD
Emergency Medicine Physician
Medical Director, Emergency Services
Todd Morgan, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Emergency Medicine Physician
Duane M. Natvig, MD
Emergency Medicine Physician
Jeremy Orr, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Janusz W. Porowski, MD
Emergency Medicine Physician
Sarah Sliva, MD
Emergency Medicine Physician
Benjamin Smith, MD
Emergency Medicine Physician
Richard G. Taylor, MD
Emergency Medicine Physician
Peter T. Weller, MD
Emergency Medicine Physician
Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner
Daniel K. Wilson, DO
Emergency Medicine Physician
Kelvey Wilson, MD
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