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Emergency transportation by ambulance or medical helicopter

The ambulance garage at Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health – Lafayette East is located immediately behind the Emergency Care Center. This means a shorter route to the team that will care for you.

Additionally, a helipad is located on the roof of the hospital for patients arriving by medical helicopter. A dedicated elevator located right next to the helipad takes our most critical patients straight down to the emergency room.

Of course, this is beneficial not only for incoming patients, but for patients that need to be transferred to another facility. Our partnership with PHI, Inc., an emergency air transport service based at the Purdue airport, allows physicians to choose the right kind of transportation to and from Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health hospitals.

Transferring to another hospital

In an emergency, the most important factor is how quickly you receive life-saving medical treatment. If you’re driving to the Emergency Care Center on your own, or preferably with a loved one, your best choice is to go to the closest facility to you. If you are arriving in an ambulance, the emergency medical technicians (EMTs) will help you make the best decision based on your condition.

After you’ve been treated in the Emergency Care Center, it sometimes may be necessary to transport you to our other hospital to receive required care. Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health - Lafayette Central, located near downtown Lafayette, provides services for long-term care patients such as Inpatient Rehab, Behavioral Health and Inpatient Oncology. Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health – Lafayette East is the primary facility for surgery, heart care and women's services. Both hospitals have intensive care units.

If you need to be transported to our other hospital, we have private, fully equipped transport ambulances that will safely move you to the necessary facility once you are stabilized. There is no extra charge to you if you are transported between our Franciscan St. Elizabeth campuses.

Conditions We Treat

  • Bone fractures
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing and respiratory issues
  • Heart Attack
  • Infections
  • Injury and illness
  • Major trauma
  • Obstetrics
  • Stroke
  • Urological and gynecologic issues