St.Vincent Jennings Hospital Streamlines Patient Access

Local Hospital Moves Emergency Department Entrance to Main Entrance

Kathryn Johnson

NORTH VERNON, IND. – Effective October 1, St.Vincent Jennings Hospital will move the Emergency Entrance to the Main Entrance of the Hospital.  This move is to ensure Emergency patients and their loved ones have a smooth transition from entering the hospital to receiving excellent care within the Emergency Department.

Previously, Emergency patients drove around to the back of the hospital and entered directly to the Emergency Department, through the Ambulance Bay.  However, it was discovered that the best way to ensure all patients receive top quality and efficient care, is for all walk-in patients to use the main entrance. 

Emergency patients will enter through the front of the hospital, through the main entrance, present to Registration, receive triage and be taken to a patient room.  The old Emergency Entrance will now serve as an Ambulance Only entrance.  This change will help ensure a safer and more effective entrance to Emergency care for our patients.

St.Vincent Jennings Emergency Department is open 24/7, and is staffed with an experienced emergency medicine physician, certified nurses and clerical staff.

The County's only hospital provides high-quality emergency services, but residents can also receive rehabilitation therapy, medical imaging, laboratory services, surgery and immediate care. St.Vincent Jennings Hospital is home to one of four air ambulance bases, connecting the critical access hospital's patients to St.Vincent Health's highly specialized services such as cardiovascular, neuroscience, pediatrics, women's, trauma and orthopedic care.



St.Vincent Jennings Hospital
St.Vincent Jennings Hospital is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital serving the residents of Jennings County and the surrounding communities. The hospital operates a 24-hour physician staffed emergency department with observation beds and swing beds. Additional services include outpatient and inpatient surgery, radiology, laboratory and outpatient services. St.Vincent Jennings Hospital joined St.Vincent Health and Ascension Health in September 1999.