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Avera Queen of Peace Hospital
525 N Foster
Mitchell, SD 57301


If you are experiencing an emergency health situation, call 911 immediately for assistance.

The skilled emergency care teams will give you and your family the best possible care. In order to assess which patients are in the greatest need of emergency care, a process known as triage is used.

Using the Triage Process:

  • Patients are seen in the ED based on the severity of their symptoms or injuries.
    • Larger cardiac room, equipped with eEmergency.
    • Large trauma room with eEmergency.
  • The ED nurse will determine how severe your symptoms are.
  • You may be seen sooner or you may have to wait longer depending on how ill or injured you are.

Our goal is to provide you with the best possible care in the shortest time. Depending on the time of day, severity of your illness or injury and treatment plan, your visit to the ED could last several hours. The physician will review your test results and make a diagnosis. The treatment plan may require being admitted to the hospital or transferred to another facility, which will add time to your ED stay.

Level III Trauma Center

The Trauma Center at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital has been verified as a Level III Trauma Center by the Committee of Trauma, (COT), of the America College of Surgeons, (ACS). This verification follows a focused review that is conducted at the hospital every three years, to recognize the Trauma Center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

Key elements of a Level III Trauma Center include: 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians, prompt availability of trauma surgeons, anesthesiologists, orthopedic surgeons and radiologists.

Emergency Care

Emergency physicians and specially trained registered nurses provide 24-hour major and minor emergency care in the Emergency Department at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital. Our health care professionals are certified in Advance Cardiac Life Support, CPR and the Trauma Nurse Core Course. Our services include stabilization of life-threatening conditions, treatment of trauma victims and treatment of major/minor illnesses or injury. The Emergency Department has seven treatment rooms equipped to treat trauma, orthopedic and eye injuries, as well as obstetrical illnesses.

Trauma Center

The Trauma Center at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital is dedicated to providing optimal care for injured patients from the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

For Patients

If you are a patient in our Emergency Department, please note that patients are seen by the physician based on the urgency of their condition, the most seriously ill or injured patients are cared for first. It is always helpful that you bring your medications or a list of your medications with you to the Emergency Department.

Organ Donation

Nearly 80,000 Americans are waiting to receive a lifesaving organ transplant. A new name is added to the national waiting list every 13 minutes. Unfortunately, 16 people die each day waiting for an organ. By making the decision to become a designated organ donor, you have the power to give the Gift of Life. Effective July 1, 2001, when you indicate on your license or identification card that you wish to give the precious gift of life by being an organ and tissue donor, you are relieving your loved ones of the burden of making that decision for you at the time of your death. Learn more on the South Dakota Driver Licensing Program website. >>