Kansas City emergency room (ER)

The 24/7 team at Research Medical Center knows that every emergency requires immediate, ongoing attention. We provide prompt care for critically injured or ill patients. Our highly skilled specialists help people get on the road to the fullest recovery possible following an emergency.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.

Comprehensive emergency medical care

Research Medical Center's emergency team is a long-standing resource for the Brookside and Holmes Park communities in Kansas City. We provide emergency care for patients with serious or life-threatening conditions, such as traumatic injuries, chest pain and stroke.

Our medical experts work quickly and accurately to help each patient regain health. Our emergency room (ER) services include:

  • 24-hour orthopedic, spine and hand care
  • Accredited chest pain center offering advanced care for heart attacks
  • Acute burn care
  • Comprehensive stroke care (+) Level I Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • Concussion and TIA evaluation
  • Dedicated critical care and ICU units with board-certified physicians
  • Dedicated obstetric (OB) ER with high-risk OB specialists
  • Level I Trauma Center verified by the American College of Surgeons with multiple ER ambulance bays and two helicopter landing pads

ER of Brookside

We know how critical time can be in an emergency situation. Our patients have even greater access to 24/7 emergency care close to home through our freestanding ER on the Brookside Campus. The ER of Brookside offers the same high-quality emergency services to patients of all ages that you would expect to receive at any of our hospital-based ERs.

ER specialists ready for traumatic injuries

Our trauma center has caring specialists prepared to handle the most serious injuries and illnesses, from crushing car accidents to traumatic brain injuries. As a Level I Trauma Center verified by the American College of Surgeons, our emergency specialists treat patients with the highest level of traumatic injuries.

Our team combines experts from multiple disciplines, including case management, social work, therapy and counseling, to deliver effective trauma care. Together, we work to ensure patients recover as fully as possible. Conditions we treat include:

  • Gunshot wounds
  • Heart attacks
  • Injuries from car accidents
  • Severe burns
  • Stab wounds
  • Traumatic brain injuries


The American Heart Association's and American Stroke Association's Primary Stroke Center certification recognizes our ability to treat patients with complex stroke symptoms. Our Accredited Chest Pain Center has also demonstrated expertise and commitment to quality patient care.

The Joint Commission's Advanced Certification in Heart Failure recognizes our advanced heart disease care. We have also been awarded Level I Trauma Center status by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Kid-friendly emergency care

If your child has an injury or illness requiring immediate attention, our ER has the latest technology and a compassionate staff to provide fast, effective care. In fact, HCA Midwest Health ERs in the Kansas City metro beat the national average for pediatric ER readiness and treat nearly 25,000 kids each year.

Obstetric ER for pregnancy-related emergencies

Should difficulties arise during pregnancy, such as heavy bleeding, a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy, we are ready to provide specialized care in our ER as an extension of our labor and delivery services. Our in-house OB hospitalists will act as the emergency physician and treat any obstetric patient who would normally be seen by the on-call staff physician. Because OB hospitalists are always on site, they can perform immediate surgery or manage problems and consult with the patient’s primary OB/GYN.

Specialized chest pain treatment

When someone experiences chest pain symptoms, it is crucial to get them medical help fast. Our hospital is an accredited chest pain center with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), recognizing our ability to quickly diagnose and treat chest pain.

Time-sensitive care for stroke symptoms

If you're experiencing stroke symptoms, you need a quick diagnosis and care to achieve the fullest recovery possible. At our Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, certified by The Joint Commission, our neurologists and ER doctors work together to treat the most complex stroke symptoms. Our ER is also a Missouri Time Critical Diagnosis (TCD) Level I Stroke Center.

Stroke patients receive care from an array of specialists, including case managers, social workers and therapists. Together, we help patients regain their strength and mobility.

Following ER treatment with aftercare services

At Research Medical Center, we want you to recover well. That is why our network created Care Connect — an ER visit follow-up service.

After an ER visit, specialists will share what they learned from your test results. Then, they will talk with you about any issues and possible concerns. Finally, they will make recommendations about your health and treatment options moving forward.

Emergency care at HCA Midwest Health

Emergency care is the treatment of emergent medical conditions. It is generally performed in an emergency room, but can also refer to treatment in an ambulance. Emergency medicine physicians may treat patients with injuries or infections, in addition to life-threatening conditions.

Learn about Emergency care