Emergency Department

Practicing Locations
  • Lorry Birkholz
  • Emergency Department Montrose Memorial Hospital 800 S. 3rd St. Montrose, CO 81401
  • 970-240-7180

The Emergency Department at Montrose Memorial Hospital is staffed 24 hours a day by Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physicians and registered nurses who are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and in Trauma Care.

State of Colorado Designates MMH as a Level III Trauma Center

 On March 23, 2010, Montrose Memorial Hospital had a successful on-site Level III Trauma Center review by the State of Colorado.  The reviewers noted no deficiencies and no items met with reservations at the review.  Since MMH met all of the criteria, MMH received an automatic recommendation from the Designation Review Committee to advance to a Level III Trauma Center.  Factors considered in the determination of the designation included the hospital’s application, the evaluation of the trauma care delivered over the past twelve months, the best interests of the trauma patients and how MMH integrates into the statewide emergency medical and trauma system.  MMH is the only Level III Trauma Center in this region.

The difference between the previous Level IV Trauma designation and a Level III Trauma designation is significant.  Level III Centers must have Board Certified Emergency physicians in the emergency department at all times.  We must also have a general surgeon available within 20 minutes of a trauma notification, as well as orthopaedic surgeons.  A Level III quality assurance program is very extensive and a trauma committee oversees the care of every trauma patient that comes to our hospital.  As a Level III, we are also required to participate in injury prevention activities and community education to reduce the incidence of injuries.



The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems will conduct an accreditation site visit of:

CareFlight on June 23-24, 2016

The purpose of the site visit will be to evaluate the program’s compliance with nationally established medical transport standards. The site visit results will be used to determine whether, and the conditions under which accreditation should be awarded to the program.

CAMTS accreditation standards deal with issues of patient care and safety of the transport environment. Anyone believing that he or she has pertinent or valid information about such matters may request a public information interview with the CAMTS site surveyors at the time of the site visit. Information presented at the interview will be carefully evaluated for relevance to the accreditation process. Requests for public information interviews must be made in writing and sent to CAMTS no later than 5 business days before the site survey begins. The request should also indicate the nature of the information to be provided during the interview. Such request should be addressed to:

Office of the Executive Director
Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems
P.O. Box 130
Sandy Springs, SC 29677

The Commission will acknowledge such written requests in writing or by telephone and will inform the program of the request for an interview. The Commission will, in turn, notify the interviewee of the date, time and place of the meeting.

This notice is posted in accordance with CAMTS requirements and shall not be removed until the site visit is completed.