At our acute care facility, we provide emergency care, 24/7. During an emergency, our full-service emergency room is the safest place to be.
In an emergency, you can trust in the care at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–17th Street. Our ground level entrance is located on 17th Street in Allentown, near the corner of 17th and Chew Streets.
As a full service ER, we assess, evaluate and treat major and minor medical issues.
Emergency medicine for heart attack
If you are experiencing heart attack symptoms, including chest pain, shortness of breath or pain in your arms, neck, jaw or back – call 911.
Lehigh Valley Heart Institute consistently ranks among the nation’s leaders in heart attack survival. Our MI Alert for Heart Attacks program saves lives and limits the amount of heart damage by educating area paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to diagnose heart attacks in the field.
If you’re suffering from a heart attack, paramedics will immediately begin treatment and call ahead to alert our emergency medicine providers of your arrival. If needed, you can be transferred to another hospital in Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) for a higher level of care.
Emergency care for stroke
Every second counts when it comes to stroke. Fast, aggressive care minimizes brain damage by ensuring adequate blood flow to the brain. That’s why you should always remember BE FAST. This acronym will help you remember the signs of a stroke and that you should act quickly.
- Balance – Sudden loss of balance
- Eyes – Blurred vision in one or both eyes
- Face – Face drooping or looks uneven
- Arms – One arm becomes weak or numb
- Speech – Slurred speech or seems confused
- Time – If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, call 911 immediately.
The LVH–17th Street Stroke-Alert Program ensures stroke patients are:
- Assessed quickly
- Given a CT scan within 20 minutes or less
- Treated appropriately or transferred to a facility that can provide a higher level of care
We also provide care for less severe medical emergencies.
We have access to the full resources of LVHN, including our Regional Burn Center.