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Emergency Department

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When the unexpected occurs, expect the best at Kirby Medical Center. Our Emergency Department is staffed 24 hours a day by board-certified emergency physicians who are all Advanced Life Support (ALS) certified. Our registered nurses are also specially trained in emergency care – ensuring that our patients have access to a comprehensive care team fully prepared to treat even the most serious and life threatening medical conditions.

Because Kirby is part of a regional hospital network, we refer patients to specialists at Carle, Christie Clinic, and Provena Covenant in Champaign and Urbana; and St. Mary's and Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur.

When You Should Seek Emergency Care

Always consider dialing 911 first when you or a family member is in need of emergency care. Medical emergencies are as varied as the people who have them. We most often see patients with the following:

Kirby Emergency Department Waiting Area

  • Cardiac problems, including shortness of breath and heart attacks
  • Injuries from automobile, snowmobile, motorcycle and other vehicular accidents
  • Injuries as the result of falls
  • Broken bones or other orthopedic problems that result from minor or serious accidents
  • Playground, athletic, workplace and school related injuries
  • Asthma and other breathing emergencies
  • Severe pain and/or bleeding
  • Poisoning
  • Acute psychiatric problems or emotional distress
  • Acute episodes of chronic disease or illness
  • Injuries caused by domestic or other types of violence 


Thomas Scaggs, M.D.

Thomas Scaggs, M.D.,

Emergency Department Medical Director

Schools Attended- MD, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL., 1989, BS, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., 1985

Certifications- Diplomate, American Board of Emergency Medicine

Special Interests- Emergency Medical Services (prehospital systems), Aeromedical Services, Toxicology