About Swedish Medical Center - Southwest ER
Swedish Medical Center Southwest ER is an award-winning, full-service, 24-hour freestanding emergency room (ER) in Littleton, Colorado. An extension of Swedish Medical Center, we offer a full range of on-site services, as well as satellite administrative offices for our main campus.
Amenities of our ER
We were the first freestanding emergency department in the Denver area, servicing Southwest Jefferson County. We are known for our low-risk cardiac program for chest pain, and are a national leader in ER patient satisfaction. Between our several facilities, we provide care to more than 20,000 patients per year. On-site, we have a variety of amenities and services, including:
- 18 private patient rooms
- Diagnostic imaging, including X-ray, ultrasound and 16-slice computerized tomography (CT) scanner
- Laboratory health analysis
- Low-risk cardiac program for chest pain
With American College of Radiology accreditation, we are qualified to offer the lowest radiation dosage for all scans. Call us at (303) 788-5709 with any questions or concerns you have regarding our radiology services.
Frequently asked questions
Swedish understands that there are many questions around both hospital and freestanding emergency rooms, as well as urgent care centers. We hope the following frequently asked questions will provide some clarity for when you are seeking care, and we will update this list as common questions arise.
Are you equipped to receive ambulances?
Yes, and we are proud to be a resource for our local EMS providers. Just as at with our main campus ER and the Swedish Belmar ER, we seek to provide a seamless transition of care for patients arriving by ambulance. We also want to be good neighbors, and realize residential communities surround our location. We've shared this feedback with our EMS partners and they strive to minimize disturbances caused by lights and sirens.
Can I know pricing before treatment?
No. All emergency rooms are strictly regulated by the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (or EMTALA), a federal statute that mandates that all who come to the emergency room must be seen for care. EMTALA is Section 1867(a) of the Social Security Act, within the section of the U.S. Code that governs Medicare. As such, we cannot provide financial information that may dissuade someone from seeking care due to inability to pay. If you come to our ER for care, we provide that care, insurance or financial status notwithstanding.
Our registration staff is not able to provide an estimate of cost before you have been evaluated, diagnosed, treated and out-of-pocket costs calculated based on your insurance.
Can you tell me if I need ER or urgent care?
Unfortunately, no. EMTALA guides this as well. We cannot triage or try to diagnose you over the phone. A phone call does not constitute a proper physician's examination, and our staff is not licensed to do so. This is the same case at the front desk at all Swedish emergency rooms: we cannot provide medical counsel about whether a patient's condition "warrants" an ER visit without an actual examination.
Do you provide urgent care services?
No. We are state licensed to operate only as an emergency room. The emergency services offered at our freestanding ER are the same as the services offered at our main campus ER.
Do you take care of children?
Yes. Through our affiliation with Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, we are able to offer excellent pediatric care and have pediatric specialists immediately available for consult by phone, or through telemedicine. We also have exam rooms dedicated to pediatric care, with special pediatric tools and colorful imagery. If your child requires further care, they will be transferred to tio the main hospital.
How much does the ER cost?
The cost of a visit to any emergency room, varies depending on:
- Diagnostics and treatments delivered, including your physician visit, but also lab work, radiology/imaging, prescriptions and any other tests and tools used for diagnosis and treatment.
- Insurance coverage, including your plan's co-pay, any applicable co-insurance, as well as your deductible. We recommend you review your insurance coverage to better understand your financial responsibility for an ER visit.
- Status of your condition
If you have questions, please feel free to call our toll free pricing advice line at (888) 824-7655 to speak to our billing experts. Visit our patient financial resources page for additional information.
What happens if I need to be admitted?
As we are fully integrated with our main campus, if your treating physician determines that you require admission to the hospital, we will arrange for you to be transported by ambulance directly to an inpatient room. Your ER physician will provide information about your condition to an admitting physician before you arrive.
There is no fee for ambulance transport if you are being admitted to Swedish Medical Center. However, if you choose to be admitted to another hospital other than Swedish and require ambulance transport, your insurance company will be billed by the ambulance company.
Will you accept my insurance?
Our facilities take all major insurance, and welcome Kaiser Permanente members. You can call our insurance verification line at 804-267-4000 from Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm EST, to inquire about your specific insurance. However, with the many specific nuances in insurance plans, we recommend you contact your insurance company to find out for sure. The insurance company would have the most up-to-date information about what your plan covers, in-network vs. out of network and co-pays.