Emergency Department

Located at:

100 East College Drive
Colby, KS 67701
(785) 462-7511
East of the intersection of Franklin Avenue and College Drive. Locate us.

In case of serious emergency, call 911.

To reach Poison Control, call (800) 222-1222.

The Emergency Department at Citizens Medical Center, Inc. provides a full range of life-saving care to adults and children.  Experienced medical professionals are available at all times to treat all types of illnesses and injuries.  They are supported by an experienced staff that includes professionals in nursing, pharmacy, respiratory therapy, radiology, laboratory, and other related professions.  The Emergency Department provides 24-hour emergency care.

Please note: our emergency department staff is unable to provide medical advice over the phone. 

What to Expect:

When you arrive at the Emergency Department we understand you may be feeling ill, pain, discomfort, stress, and worry.  You will be met by members of our professional staff who will immediately begin the process of assessing and stabilizing your emergency condition. 

Citizens Medical Center complies with the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), which requires a medical screening exam be provided for individuals who request examination or treatment of a medical condition, regardless of their ability to pay.  If the examination reveals an emergency medical condition, the hospital must also provide either necessary stabilizing treatment or an appropriate transfer to another medical facility.    

Emergency Information Tips:

  • The medical provider or nurse will ask for information about your allergies, medications, medical and surgical history, and current immunizations.  Please help in the collection of this information.
  • Keep with you the name and phone number of someone to contact in case an emergency occurs and you are unable to provide information.
  • Make us aware of any advanced directives you have which may include a living will or durable power of attorney for health care. 
  • Give your child care providers a “consent to treat” form for your child in case of emergency.
  • Please bring a copy of your insurance card with you.

After Care:

After treatment, you will be admitted to the hospital, transferred to another facility, or dismissed.  Upon dismissal, you will be given written discharge instructions. 

Level IV Trauma Center Designation:

The trauma center at Citizens Medical Center, Inc. (CMCI) has been designated as a Level IV Trauma Center by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

“Trauma center designation is one component of a comprehensive statewide trauma system designed to get patients with life-threatening injuries to a hospital with the necessary resources, said Susan Mosier, M.D., KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer. “We congratulate CMCI for serving as a vital resource when every second matters.”

Level IV trauma centers are rural hospitals whose primary role is to stabilize seriously injured patients and, if necessary, transfer them to a higher level trauma center. Hospitals that have achieved Level IV trauma center designation have demonstrated a commitment to providing optimal care for those who have been seriously injured.

Designated trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance as outlined by the American College of Surgeons and endorsed by the Kansas Advisory Committee on Trauma.

There are four separate categories of designation by the Kansas Trauma Program. Each category has specific criteria that must be met by a facility seeking that level of designation. A trauma care system includes a network of hospitals providing a spectrum of care for injured patients. Trauma center destinations are based on the hospital’s care capability, from the highest, Level I, to hospitals designated Level IV.

Injuries are a leading cause of death and disability in Kansas. KDHE’s Trauma Program works to assure those that are injured in Kansas have access to an organized system of trauma care that offers them the best chance of recovery. “We are thrilled to receive this level of designation from KDHE. The CMCI providers and staff have worked diligently to achieve this accomplishment and we appreciate their efforts in this achievement, said Greg Unruh, CMCI CEO. “A Level IV designation will enable us to provide our community with the best care possible by using a standardized process of evidence based training. All patients will receive thorough evaluations for the best determination of care needed. The combination of the designation along with providing 24/7 surgical coverage, positions us to provide care for patients suffering from major traumatic injuries through initial care and stabilization or arrangement of transfer if needed. This is just one more step that CMCI is making to Enhance the Lives of Those We 

Contact Us:
Citizens Medical Center, Inc.
100 E. College Drive
Colby, KS 67701
(785) 462-7511