Little people don’t know that Summit County has Emergency and Emergency Response Centers (EUC) – they think these are for the “big city” only. However, Centura Health offers three EUCs across Summit County, conveniently located in Breckenridge, Keystone and Copper Mountain. No matter where you are, there is an EUC nearby. Additionally, Breckenridge and Keystone are Level 5 trauma centers. These two locations are part of the larger Centural and State trauma systems.
EUCs serve both residents and visitors and offer a wide range of services. Instead of paying the cost of an emergency room or waiting for an appointment at a doctor’s office, Centura Health has EUCs for walk-ins (no appointment required) open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Keystone from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Breckenridge and 8:30 a.m. Until 4:30 p.m. at Copper Mountain. While Keystone is open daily during the ski season and until 8pm when night skiing is open.
“When you go to an EUC, you no longer have to guess what level of care you need,” said David Twillmann, BSN, RN of Copper Mountain EUC.
The EUC’s partnership with Centura Health enables EUC staff to seamlessly transfer patients to the St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco or any other convenient location depending on clinical needs. The close collaboration between the partners means electronic records are sent automatically for efficient and accurate information when it matters most.
“As EUC, we take care of urgent care problems such as coughs, flu, urinary tract infections, rashes, abrasions, allergies, sprains and acute altitude sickness. As an emergency room, we can treat many, if not most, head injuries, heart problems, severe dehydration, kidney stones, seizures, large wounds, severe pain, abdominal pain, and of course orthopedic trauma and the associated fractures or dislocations bones, ”said Twillmann. “Continuity of care is important in medicine. We all have a close working relationship with the orthopedic trauma team and the emergency room, which is excellent. We share the same CEO, mission and values serving our community. Communication between the EUCs and St. Anthony Summit Hospital is well established as most of our patients who require a higher level of care, such as a CT scan or the operating room, are sent to Summit Hospital. “
Every EUC doctor is certified by an emergency committee, and every nurse is required to pass trauma certifications in both pediatrics and adults.
“The latter is extraordinary because you don’t necessarily find it in every emergency room, not even in the front range,” says Twillmann. “Our staff is second to none – we hire exceptional people here. We really assess and treat trauma almost every day during the winter season. “
Whether you are a local or a visitor with allergies to mild asthma or a sore throat to sprain, they are available to put you on the right path to recovery.
And as locals, the nurses, technicians, front desk staff, and doctors are all really concerned about looking after their community – regardless of whether the patients here are full-time, part-time, or just visiting.
“When people feel vulnerable, they want to feel in a safe place and be cared for by empathetic and qualified medical professionals.”
said Twillmann. “We all live in community, so we need to care more about community. Our employees are really nice people. “
In addition to caring emergency doctors and nurses, each EUC offers on-site x-rays and laboratory services. And, if you have symptoms of COVID, tests and medical exams
is also available. “Not everything is an emergency,” said Twillmann. “We encourage you to use your community resource right in your garden because we are really good at what we do.”