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A designated Level III Trauma Center, Kaweah Delta Medical Center provides 24-hour emergency services and care for illness and injury in Visalia. The Medical Center is staffed 24 hours a day with a team of in-house trauma surgeons, anesthesiologists, physician specialists, a full trauma support team and contracted staffing provided by California Emergency Physicians (CEP).Kaweah Delta Medical Center provides comprehensive Emergency care to patients suffering from critical and life-threatening illnesses and injuries.  The Emergency Department treats over 80,000 patients each year from Tulare, Kings and surrounding counties, making it one of the busiest Emergency services facilities in Visalia and California.

What to Bring

  • All prescriptions, over the counter and herbal medications (Tylenol, Motrin, etc.), that you are taking or a list of all medications noting dosage and frequency. This list will allow staff to know which medications can be used to treat you during your stay or which medications to avoid.
  • An accurate medical history noting past surgeries or significant past medical illnesses. Examples:  diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension), coronary artery disease, bleeding disorder, hepatitis, etc.
  • One relative or a close friend. Leave children at home. This reduces crowding and allows staff members to focus their attention on care. The emergency department is a place where people who generally aren’t feeling well go. It isn’t the best place for healthy people or those who are susceptible to illness such as infants.

Medical Interpreters

Medical interpreters and interpreting services are available on an ongoing basis to assist the culturally diverse populations we serve in the hospital. Medical Interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. Call the Interpreter Services Department at (559) 624-5902 or (559) 624-5981 for assistance.

What to Expect

Our emergency department process has changed in order to provide you higher-quality care in a timely manner. Our goal is to keep you well informed throughout your care process in the emergency department.

Step 1: A nurse will welcome you and start your care

Step 2: Registration will begin

Step 3: Your medical team will talk with you to determine your plan of care. 

Step 4: You will be seated in a treatment area for care. Your care may or may not include: Lab draws, X-Ray, Medications. 

Step 5: Your medical team will talk to you about your care visit and explain the next steps of care. Based on your medical team's care recommendations, you will be discharged or admitted to the hospital. 

Step 6: You will speak with registration to complete your visit. 

Where to Go

While it is important to understand that the emergency department at Kaweah Delta will never turn away anyone who comes in, it’s important that people know that what they consider an emergency may not be a true emergency. Here are some examples of true emergencies:

Heart Attacks Stroke Fractures Severe Bleeding
Chest Pain Trouble Breathing Head Injuries Major Trauma
Loss of Consciousness Severe Headaches Confusion Severe Abdominal Pain

Here are some examples of injuries/illnesses that can be better served at a doctor’s office or a clinic:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Rashes
  • Certain Coughs
  • Runny Nose

Primary care doctors are a person’s best provider because they know a person’s medical history. People without insurance have other options besides the ED:

Kaweah Delta Urgent Care, 1633 S. Court St., Visalia, 559-624-6090

Trauma Center

Kaweah Delta’s Level III Trauma Center in Visalia opened in 2009 with the goal of improving the medical care of patients with critical and/or multi-system injuries.  Since that time the center has greatly expanded its size and scope of emergency services.  Patient care is a coordinated effort between surgery, nursing and ancillary services, and we strive to deliver it efficiently and seamlessly, using the more current knowledge, in our effort to save lives. 

A newly-constructed helipad began operation in the summer of 2013 to facilitate transfers to and from Kaweah Delta, ensuring the most expedient and appropriate care to trauma victims. “Installation of a helipad at Kaweah Delta will have far reaching effects on the residents of the region,” said Kaweah Delta Director of Trauma, Dr. Nicole Meissner. “It will enable residents to have access to medical care faster than ever before. Treatment in the first hour has a significant impact on survival, especially when it comes to trauma. Because of this, the helipad will make our community safer for everyone”.