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Emergency & Trauma - Foothills Hospital

Thanks to our community's compliance with public health and safety recommendations, we are able to reopen many of the services we offer at BCH. It is safe to come to BCH for your health care needs. Please click here to see how we are working to keep you safe. We also now offer convenient virtual visits at our primary and specialty clinics. Please watch our video below to learn more.

Foothills Hospital provides 24-hour access to medical care for patients requiring treatment for everything from broken bones to strokes to life- and limb-threatening injuries. As a Level II Trauma Center, the highest level in Boulder County, BCH has the sophisticated resources and expertise readily available to treat seriously injured patients. We work closely with our local Emergency Medical Services partners to provide the high quality and prompt care you need close to home.

  • BCH was the first Level II Trauma Center in Boulder County, the highest level available locally.
  • We collaborate with local Emergency Medical Services partners to provide high-quality care as quickly as possible. If more advanced services are needed, we can transfer patients to Denver Health’s Level 1 Trauma Center.
  • We are nationally certified as a Primary Stroke Center for providing high quality, specialized care and better outcomes for stroke patients.
  • We provide the most comprehensive heart treatment in Boulder County. We are the only facility in Boulder County that performs open-heart surgery.
  • Our 25-bed Emergency Department is staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians, experienced emergency nurses and trauma technicians.
  • We offer 24-hour access to important medical services like an interventional cardiac catheterization lab, surgery department, imaging and an 18-bed intensive care unit.
  • We are part of a comprehensive 110-bed acute care hospital, so we can care for emergency patients requiring an inpatient stay.
  • We offer state-of-the-art helicopter transport.

When to go to an Emergency Department

In a life- or limb-threatening situation, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency department.

This includes problems such as:

  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Heavy or uncontrolled bleeding
  • Major burns or broken bones
  • Spinal or head injuries
  • Stroke symptoms

The Emergency Department at Foothills Hospital is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Foothills Hospital

4747 Arapahoe Avenue
Boulder, CO 80303 • 303-415-7000
7 days a week • Open 24 hours

Cost of an Emergency Department Visit

Emergency Department charges are based on the level of emergency care provided to our patients at either our Foothills Hospital Emergency Department in Boulder or the Emergency Department at our Community Medical Center in Lafayette.

The levels, with level 1 representing basic emergency care, reflect the type of accommodations needed, the personnel resources, the intensity of care and the amount of time needed to provide treatment. The following charges do not include fees for drugs, appliances, supplies or additional ancillary procedures that may be required for a particular emergency treatment. They also do not include fees for Emergency Department physicians, who will bill separately for their services. Our price estimate rates reflect the amount a patient might pay if they take advantage of our Boulder Community Health prompt-pay self-pay discount.

COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

Boulder Community Health offers the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. People age 16 and older are eligible to be vaccinated as of 5 p.m. on Friday, April 2. You can self-schedule appointments using the free MyBCH patient portal. Learn more about our vaccination process on our general vaccine information page.

For updates related to COVID-19, please see our COVID-19 page.