Emergency Room in Covington, LA

When seconds count, count on us. Lakeview Regional Medical Center is always prepared for emergency care 24/7. Patients can expect to receive a high-quality level of immediate care and treatment for all medical emergencies — involving motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, falls, pediatric trauma cases and any other life-threatening injuries from traumatic events. We offer rapid medical evaluations to patients entering our emergency care center, which has reduced wait times to some of the shortest in the area. Get Directions

Fastest Average ER Wait Times

Lakeview Regional Medical Center offers the shortest average wait times in the Northshore region. In fact, our average ER wait times are consistently faster than local and national averages.

2017-18 Averages

Source: Hospital Compare, Jan. 1, 2017 – Dec. 1, 2017

  Lakeview Regional Medical Center*
32 Min
  Louisiana average for medium-volume facilities
25 Min
  National average for medium-volume facilities

Our ER staff is committed to getting you or a loved one the treatment you need quickly. We publically display our average ER wait times so you can make an informed decision about where to go when an emergency medical situation occurs

You can also text ER to 32222 for our average wait times.

* Jan. 1 - Dec. 1, 2018

Patient Stories

Mary Folse

During a recent stay with family in Covington, Mr. Folse found his wife on the ground unresponsive. Paramedics from Fire Department 12 who responded were expecting a head injury... Read more about Mary Folse

Lucy Perry

When Lucy began wheezing in the middle of the night and couldn’t draw her next breath…the emergency team at Lakeview Regional Medical Center was ready. Read more about Lucy Perry

When to visit the ER

When you or a loved one is suffering from a trauma injury or illness, it can be difficult to decide how severe the symptoms are. Those with serious, life-threatening issues or complications that increase the risk for disability should seek immediate ER care. Symptoms such as difficulty breathing, severe allergic reactions, sudden and unusual headaches or dizziness, electric shock, heavy bleeding, possible broken bones, head injuries, high fevers, and severe pain in any area of the body indicate that you should seek emergency care.

Symptoms of a heart attack can be difficult to recognize, but it is crucial that anyone experiencing this medical emergency seeks treatment immediately. Symptoms may include unexplained anxiety or confusion, back pain or pain in the left arm or shoulder, loss of consciousness, nausea or stomach pain, shortness of breath, or a squeezing, heavy chest pain.

If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, you may be having a medical emergency. Please call 911.

When to seek ER services


  • severe pain
  • cramping
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • back pain


  • trouble speaking
  • headache
  • numbness
  • confusion
  • dizziness


  • chest
  • nausea and vomiting
  • jaw pain
  • trouble breathing
  • dizziness

Other medical issues that can be treated in an ER:

  • mild asthma
  • minor cuts, burns and rashes
  • suspected bone fractures
  • sprains and strains
  • colds, cough and sore throat
  • fever
  • minor nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • ear, eye, skin or urinary tract infections
  • work or sport injuries

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Board certified ER physicians

Our emergency department is staffed entirely by board-certified emergency medical physicians as well as certified emergency nurses specially trained in advanced cardiac life support.

Nationally recognized emergency care

Lakeview Regional Medical Center is nationally recognized as one of the nation’s top performers on key quality measures outlined by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America. We have achieved high scores based on data concerning evidence-based clinical processes that have improved emergency care for certain conditions. These conditions include heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, and children’s asthma. We are the only hospital in the area to have received this recognition.

The hospital has also received the 2016 ACTION Registry-GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award, a recognition given for exceeding treatment guidelines for heart attack victims and patients with coronary artery disease.

Pre-hospital 12-lead EKG technology

Before a heart attack patient arrives via ambulance to our Emergency Room, our emergency physicians and cardiologists will receive a 12-lead EKG from the ambulance. St. Tammany Parish ambulances are now equipped with the 12-lead EKG, which transmits a full view of the heart to our ER physicians. This allows our ER doctors to prepare for incoming heart attack victims. The streamlined process saves time and reduces damaged heart muscle.

Care you can trust

Lakeview Regional Medical Center is proud to be a healthcare center of excellence, and our experienced trauma team is well equipped to offer full-service, 24-hour emergency care in any situation. In case of an emergency, trust our specialists for compassionate care services.

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