Emergency Care

The Emergency Department at Glacial Ridge Hospital is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and our hospital is a Level IV Trauma Center. We are committed to providing our patients the highest quality of emergency care and service in an efficient and timely manner. Our team of compassionate board-certified doctors, emergency-trained physician assistants, registered nurses, and other specialty care staff are available at all times. You can feel confident about the emergency care you receive here at home.

By implementing leading-edge technologies such as Telestroke, eEmergency, ePharmacy, and Electronic Medical Records, our patients have a great advantage. With 24-hour access, the local care team can rely on highly-trained experts for support and collaboration when treating trauma, heart attack, stroke and other critical conditions.


Around-the-clock eEmergency provides our attending physician and nurses immediate access to board-certified emergency physicians and registered nurses. When needed, the support and collaboration our local providers receive from the eEmergency team at Sioux Falls-based Avera Health System enhances patient care and efficiency. Many patients and their families further benefit by receiving advanced medical care here, circumventing transfers to a metropolitan hospital. When a higher level of care is needed, the eEmergency team assists our local staff in arranging and expediting seamless transfers whether by ambulance or helicopter, decreasing time to arrival.


Glacial Ridge Hospital provides the highest level of stroke care available through
St. Cloud Hospital Stroke Center’s Telestroke program. Our staff has immediate access to stroke neurologists for patients suffering acute strokes so interventions such as Intravenous tPA medication can quickly be administered to break up clots and reduce the effects of a stroke. Through telestroke, doctors, patients, and their families in the ER at GRHS are able to see and interact in real time through a robotic device and camera with the on-call neurologist in St. Cloud, MN. The neurologist can examine the patient as if he or she were right in the room.

For patients, it means they receive a more rapid diagnosis and triage to the most appropriate therapy before the critical treatment time passes. By partnering with the experts at St. Cloud Hospital’s Stroke Center, this state-of-the-art technology enables more patients to stay close to home while receiving the same level of stroke care from a nationally accredited stroke center. When a transfer is necessary for advanced care, expert assistance is already in place.

About tPA

Intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV tPA) is the only FDA approved drug for the treatment of acute ischemic strokes. It is considered the first line of treatment for acute ischemic stroke but it must be administered within a 3-hour window from the onset of symptoms to work best.

GRHS’ Emergency Care Providers

  • Tom Pahl, PA-C (Full-Time)
  • Erik Rivers, PA-C (Full-Time)
  • James Frederick, PA-C (Full-Time)
  • Becky Meinecke, PA-C (Full-Time)
  • Daniel Texidor, PA-C
  • Laura D. Huggins, M.D.
  • Robert P. Montenegro, M.D., ABOM (ED Medical Director)
  • Thomas J. Haus, M.D.
  • Jeffery A. Schlueter M.D.

Emergency Services

To get the latest information about Glacial Ridge Ambulance Service and training courses, visit GlacialRidgeEMS.org. We provide 24-hour advanced and basic life support services with ambulances based in Glenwood, Starbuck and Brooten. Glacial Ridge ambulance provides emergency coverage in Pope County and a portion of Stearns County.

Training Opportunities

Hands-on experience helps you be prepared for a crisis. We provide American Heart Association approved educational courses for the public, emergency responders, law enforcement, fire departments, and healthcare providers. Classes may be customized to meet the needs of your specific organization. Our highly trained, certified instructors not only teach emergency care, they provide emergency care for the Glacial Ridge Ambulance Service. Learn more at GlacialRidgeEMS.org/events and conveniently register for a class on-line.

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