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UPMC St. Margaret Emergency Department (ED)
UPMC St. Margaret Emergency Department (ED)

UPMC St. Margaret Emergency Department

When you need care right away, the Emergency Department (ED) team at UPMC St. Margaret is here for you — 24/7. We serve our neighbors in northeastern Allegheny County and the Alle-Kiski Valley region.

No matter what time of day or how complex your illness or injury, our doctors always provide the best possible emergency care.

Contact Us

For more information, contact us at:

  • Emergency Department: 412-784-4187
  • Emergency Department - TDD: 412-784-4009

COVID-19 Tests

If you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 and have only mild symptoms – and you do not have difficulty breathing – you can schedule a COVID-19 test at a designated test location. The Emergency Department is NOT the place to get a COVID-19 test UNLESS you are experiencing breathing problems or other severe symptoms.

Going to an Emergency Department with mild or no symptoms may create a long wait time for you to be seen and COVID-19 test results do not come back more quickly – they still will take one, two, or more days.

Get more information or find a testing location near you.

For a medical emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department. For immediate help with a mental health crisis, call 988 for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.

Features of UPMC St. Margaret's ED

Our ED offers state-of-the-art technology and patient and family-friendly features, including:

24 treatment areas

  • 8 large critical care treatment areas.
  • 16 exam rooms.
  • An 8-bed suite for patients waiting for test results or hospital admission.

Each room has a TV.

Spacious waiting room

The waiting room offers a relaxing area for ED patients and family members and allows staff to streamline patient check-in.

When you arrive, a greeter will meet you. ED staff will triage you right away and then take you to a treatment room.

Bedside registration

After we triage you and take you to a treatment room, we will register you from your bedside.

Rooftop heliport

Located on the rooftop canopy above the ED, the heliport provides quick elevator access for medical transport.

Decontamination area

The ED at UPMC St. Margaret has its own air handling system, which protects the rest of the hospital from possible contagions.

The decontamination area:

  • Features its own outside entrance, air exhaust, and water drainage systems.
  • Received funding through a $1.6 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Emergency Preparedness.

Private family rooms

We have 2 private rooms for patients and their loved ones to discuss sensitive details of care with a doctor.

Stroke Telemedicine

The ED at UPMC St. Margaret uses telemedicine to help assess stroke patients and give timely treatment.

This system uses high-tech, two-way video chat to link experts at the UPMC Stroke Institute to our ED doctors. The stroke experts assess the patient’s condition and suggest the best treatment.