Emergency Services

What makes CMH’s Emergency Services distinct?

The cornerstone of care for the community, our Emergency Department is often the gateway to hospital care. We tend to critical patients in need of urgent treatment and diagnosis. Here, lives are saved, the ill are comforted, and healing begins. No matter the issue, or time of day or night, our skilled Emergency Department staff is here for you with the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

Program Highlights

Every year we treat over 55,000 patients (over 150 patients daily) in our expanded state-of-the-art Emergency Department (ED). Our enlarged space offers: private separate patient bays; a Subacute Area to streamline minor issues for quicker care; and improved triaging for efficient service
and tracking of patients moving along their care journey.

We are proud to meet the Provincial targets for the most complex patients in under 8 hours from work up, to diagnosis, to treatment and follow-up. Our team is trained and prepared to deal with a wide variety of health concerns and continually innovate to improve patient care, patient outcomes and efficiencies. Our dedicated ED Flow Coordinator monitors and enhances patient progress from triage to bed to home, resulting in faster care and a better patient experience. Patients can check our convenient on-site and on-line Wait Time Clock to plan less-acute visits to a less busy time.

Forty private Treatment Bays are available including twelve critical care beds, a Resuscitation Room, and Trauma Rooms. The ED also offers an Emergency Psychiatric Unit (EPU) for those in crises and their families, and a drive-in Ambulance Bay for patient privacy and comfort regardless
of the weather.

Our Geriatric Support Specialists assist and guide elderly patients during ED visits, reducing patient stress and confusion while enhancing care and reducing re-admissions.

We also lead the hospital-wide lifesaving response to “Code Blue” alarms that signify an emergency patient situation within the hospital.

Investing in your Emergency Department

When dealing with an urgent medical situation, seconds count. Access to the best tools, the latest
technology and modern equipment is vital so that our Emergency Department staff can save lives and heal patients, close to home. Below are some examples of new and replacement equipment used to provide emergency care, and their associated cost.

Patient Care Partners

Diagnostic Imaging
MRI, CT scans, X-ray, Ultrasound

Mental Health
To offer treatment and aid in diagnosis

Surgical Program
Repair trauma, and perform emergency surgeries

Patient testing and diagnostics

Medicine Inpatient
Patient admissions


Psychiatry Unit (EPU)
Emergency Minor

Staff Leaders

Chief of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Mathew Runnalls

Deputy Chief of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Matthew Runnalls

Director, Patient Services
Rita Sharratt

Melissa Sockett

Here when you need us most.

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