Overview of Department:
The Emergency Department at Speare Memorial Hospital provides exceptional 24-hour emergency care for nearly 12,000 patients every year. As a full-service emergency department, (ED), we offer a multitude of medical and trauma services to the community for all ages. Our physician coverage includes a board certified physician on staff 24-hours a day, as well as a midlevel provider —nurse practitioner or physician assistant—during peak hours.
Andrew W. Seefeld, M.D., FACEP, FAAEM
Medical Director, Emergency Department
Director of Emergency Medical Services
Jeff Dropkin, RP
EMS Coordinator, ACLS/PALS Instructor
Debra Thompson, RN, BSN, CEN
Outpatient Nurse Director
Hillary Moore, RN, BSN
Responsible for the Emergency Department, Oncology and Employee Health
Our care team includes Registered Nurses (RN), Registered Paramedics (RP), Emergency Department Technicians, Health Unit Clerks and Patient Attendants working to provide excellent care, meeting the needs of our patients and families. ED staff have a multitube of certifications, including:
- Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
- Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS)
- Neonatal Resuscitation Program (ACLS)
- Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC)
- Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course (ENPC)
- Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)
- Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN)
The Emergency Department works closely with local emergency medical service providers:
- Dartmouth Hitchcock Air Response Team (DHART) in addition to its ground transport team to facilitate critical care transport. There is a helipad located adjacent to the hospital, just outside the Emergency Department entrance
- Local transport services to provide safe and efficient transfer for our patients requiring services of a specialized care facility
- Offers area Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics and Physician Assistant students the opportunity to train and receive mentoring in this dynamic environment
Department direct line: 603-238-2239
Hours of operation: 24 hours-a-day
How to make an appt/need for physician referral: No appointments; call 911 for an ambulance.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do you take appointments?
Q: In what order to you see patients?
A: The triage process, conducted by a registered nurse, sorts patients based on the severity of illness/injury. Those with the most serious injuries and/or illnesses are seen first.
Q: Do you have an ambulance service?
A: No. All emergency calls should go through 911. You should not call the hospital.
Q: Can I choose which physician I see in the Emergency Department?
A: No. Generally, there is one Physician and one PA/APRN on in the ER during peak hours, and we do not disclose their information over the phone.
Q: How do I know if I need to go to the Emergency Department?
A: You should visit the Emergency Department if you believe your condition is life or limb threatening, or could quickly become life or limb threatening. An Emergency Department visit may also be necessary if you experience the any following: seizures; severe breathing problems; sudden numbness, weakness, disorientation, or difficulty speaking; chest pain; severe burns; sudden severe headache with no history of migraines; serious bodily injury; deep lacerations that do not stop bleeding with direct pressure; broken bones; loss of consciousness; or severe reaction to an insect bite/sting, medication, or food.