Emergency Department

Nationally recognized patient care when you need it urgently

Emergency Department

Johnson Memorial Health provides emergency care when illness or injury is serious or life-threatening.

Johnson Memorial's Emergency Department is staffed by highly trained emergency physicians and nurses who are part of Central Indiana's outstanding trauma and urgent care network. Our Emergency Department is accredited as a Stroke Ready Certification hospital by the Healthcare Facility Accreditation Program (HFAP) and has been recognized as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care by the Women’s Choice Award® (WCA) .

When an illness or injury happens, you need to decide how serious it is and how soon to get medical care. Emergency treatment can cost 2 to 3 times more than the same care you can receive in your doctor's office.

Call 911 when experiencing:

  • Signs and symptoms of stroke
  • Choking
  • Stopped breathing
  • Head injury with passing out, fainting or confusion
  • Injury to neck or spine, especially if there is loss of feeling or inability to move
  • Electric shock or lightening strike
  • Severe burn
  • Seizure lasting 3-5 minutes

Go to the JMH Emergency Department or call 911 when experiencing:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fainting
  • Severe chest pain or pressure
  • Pain in arm or jaw
  • Unusually bad headache, especially if headache starts suddenly
  • Suddenly unable to speak, see, walk or move
  • Suddenly weak or drooping on one side of the body
  • Dizziness or weakness that does not go away
  • Inhaled smoke or poisonous fumes
  • Sudden confusion
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Possible broken bone, loss of movement, especially if the bone is pushing through the skin
  • Deep wound
  • Serious burn
  • Coughing or throwing up blood
  • Severe pain anywhere on the body
  • Severe allergic reaction when trouble breathing, swelling or hives
  • High fever with headache or stiff neck that doesn't improve with medicine
  • Throwing up or loose stools that don't stop
  • Poisoning or overdose of drug or alcohol
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Seizures

Go to the JMH Immediate Care Center when experiencing:

  • Common illnesses such as colds, flu
  • Earaches
  • Sore throat
  • Migraine
  • Low-grade fever
  • Limited rashes
  • Minor injuries such as sprains, back pain, cuts, burns, broken bones or eye injuries

If you are not experiencing an emergency or immediate/urgent care condition, call your doctor. If the office isn't open, the office will inform you of whom you should contact to describe your symptoms and determine the next steps for care. If your need is not life threatening or risking disability, but you are concerned you cannot see your doctor soon enough, go to the JMH Immediate Care Center or a local immediate/urgent care clinic.

Your doctor or insurance company may offer a nurse advice telephone hotline to get health care information and answer your questions.

Stroke Ready Certification 

Stroke Ready Certification Johnson Memorial Health

Johnson Memorial Health has been accredited with Stroke Ready Certification by the Healthcare Facility Accreditation Program (HFAP), the nation’s original independent, accreditation organization recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) . Accreditation confirms that Johnson Memorial Health is providing high quality stroke care as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation. 

Our JMH team has received special training to recognize and treat stroke patients with tPA, the clot-busting drug, administered to eligible patients. Johnson Memorial Health has the ability to care for our stroke patients here locally starting in our emergency department then to include post-stroke care in our Acute Rehabilitation Unit, home health therapy and outpatient therapy


Johnson Memorial Health Franklin Indiana Stroke Signs


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The Johnson Memorial Hospital Emergency Department in Franklin, Indiana is open 24/7 for emergency and life-threatening illnesses or injury. Contact us at 317.736.2600.