Emergency Room

Hills & Dales’ Emergency Department provides high-quality emergency care 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, and is equipped to handle a full range of medical emergencies and injuries. The Emergency Department is staffed with Board Certified/Board Eligible physicians and nurses with advanced trauma certifications, as well as certifications in both adult and pediatric life support.

For all emergencies, call 9-1-1 immediately!

Call 989-872-2121 if you need to reach Hills & Dales General Hospital’s ER Department.

For non-emergency illnesses and injuries, we offer an Extended Hours Clinic.

As the first Level IV Trauma Facility in Michigan, Hills & Dales became a designated part of the State Wide Trauma System; endeavoring to help improve the care and outcomes provided to all trauma patients. Hills & Dales provides evaluation, stabilization, and diagnostic capabilities for injured patients. Some of the key components to the designation include:

  • Having basic emergency department facilities to implement ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support) protocols with 24-hour laboratory and radiology coverage.
  • Ensuring the nursing staff and physicians have initial and ongoing training in trauma care.
  • Having developed transfer agreements for patients requiring more comprehensive care at a Level I, II or III Trauma Center.
  • Incorporating a comprehensive quality assessment program
  • Being involved with prevention efforts and having an active outreach program for referring communities.

What does Level IV Trauma Facility mean for patients? The designation means that critical patients may come to Hills & Dales, be stabilized, and transferred to a Level I,II, or III facility as needed. Both Covenant and St. Mary’s in Saginaw are Level II trauma facilities. You may wonder how this is different from what Hills & Dales currently does. The criteria a hospital must meet in order to become a Level IV trauma facility makes them better equipped to receive critical patients.

Dawn Rudgers, RN, Trauma Program Manager, says, “As the first hospital in the state to earn this designation, we could not be more proud of the team and the hard work that went into this process. The criteria and application were very difficult and time consuming. Many staff members went above and beyond to help Hills & Dales earn this designation. We are very excited to continue providing the best care in our Emergency Department. Our patients have always been the top priority and this designation is another step in ensuring they get the care they need quickly.”

Christopher Kreiner, MD
Board Certified – Emergency Medicine
ER Medical Director and Trauma Director

David Komasara, DO
Board Certified – Emergency Medicine


Jessica Bennett, DO
Board Certified – Emergency Medicine


Jerry Greib, DO
Board Certified – Emergency Medicine

Other Emergency Room Physicians you may see at Hills & Dales General Hospital include:

  • Mary Arvanitits, MD
  • Todd Britt, DO
  • Keith Cronovich, DO
  • Walker Foland, DO
  • Jayme Hall, DO
  • Christopher Heberer, DO
  • Erich Kickland, MD
  • Jason Muir, DO
  • Christa Persyn, MD
  • Eric Pitts, DO*
  • Erika Roberts, MD
  • Elizabeth Sutherland, MD
  • Brian West, MD
  • Curtis Yapchai, MD

* Denotes Board Eligible in Emergency Medicine - all other physicians listed above are Board Certified in Emergency Medicine

Did You Know?

It is a requirement for Hills & Dales ER Nurses to have special certification? Below is a list of the certification required. We are proud of the work our ER Staff does and value their continued education and training.

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Above: Hills & Dales General Hospital ER Department was able to purchase a mechanical CPR device, which allows for better blood flow to a patients vital organs during CPR, and also can free up ER staff to perform other procedures.

Below: Lifenet Helicopter and MMR, two of our partners who assist in taking care of our patients during emergency medical situations.