Synthetic Marijuana Sending Teens and Young Adults to ER

Once legally available in gas stations and convenience stores, synthetic cannabinoids (or synthetic marijuana) are landing more teens and young adults in Emergency Rooms across the country, according to a new report published in the April 2012 issue of the journal Pediatrics.  Synthetic types of marijuana, commonly known as blaze, spice, and K2, have a similar but more serious affect on the body.  Beyond typical signs and symptoms of intoxication, synthetic marijuana symptoms inclu


What to Expect in the Emergency Department

Upon arrival at the Hillcrest Emergency Department (ED), you will be greeted by a member of our staff who will ask for basic information in order for you or your loved one to be quick-admitted, or admitted on a preliminary basis. You will need to sign a consent form for treatment, and for children under 18, consent of a parent or legal guardian is required.



We understand and appreciate the value of having family members present; however, we ask that a maximum of two visitors accompany the patient into the ED treatment area. Visitors are encouraged to remain inside the patient’s room so that doorways and hallways are kept free of traffic. There are easily accessible call bells in every room if a visitor or patient has a question.

There may be times when no visitors are allowed in the examination room. This occurs when critically ill patients are in need of stabilization or for other reasons of privacy.


Discharge & Billing

Before being discharged from the ED, you will receive detailed instructions about your medical condition and any follow-up treatment and care. It is important that you understand and follow these instructions. If you have any questions about your medical condition, your treatment, or what you should do after you go home, please ask a nurse or physician.


Following your visit, you may receive several bills. Services rendered may include:


Emergency Care

What to Expect When the Unexpected Occurs

You're in good hands at Hillcrest Medical Center's Emergency Department (ED). Our physicians have extensive experience in Emergency Medicine, as well as caring for patients with sudden illness or injury. Our ED nurses have advanced training in trauma, heart disease, pediatrics, and special needs of the elderly.