An 8 bed Emergency Department fully staffed 24 hours a day with experienced, qualified RNs and in-house board certified physicians

No appointment needed

The Emergency Department is a specialized unit of HaysMed that provides quality care in the emergency setting. Many of our ED nurses are Board Certified in Emergency Nursing.

In addition, the ED is staffed with nurses certified in:

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Pediatric Life Support
  • Neonatal Resuscitation and STABLE
  • Trauma Nursing, Pediatric Trauma Nursing, and Advanced Trauma Nursing
  • Basic Disaster Life Support/ Hazmat/ Hazwopper

At the HaysMed Emergency Department patients are treated with respect and compassion in a safe and friendly environment. We strive to provide prompt evaluation, coordinated care, and appropriate diagnosis and treatment of emergent or life-threatening conditions.

Patient Comments

January 2019

Dr. Miller, Dr. Tsereteli, Lori in ER and Traci in PACU were all amazing to this frantic mother of a 12 year old appendicitis. Christina and Carlie in Peds and Jason in RT were wonderful.

Good service, nice doctors, treated with respect.

March 2016

RN Holly was really nice and professional, very kind and does her job very well. Very pleased with her. Dr. Yarmer is also a good doctor, makes sure to get tests done and tries to make patients feel comfortable as possible while they are in his care.

February 2016

This place is starting to be my home away from home. There is one person that needs to know what a great nurse she is and her name is Chris in ER. She has taken care of me several times. She is the nicest and caring person I have ever met. Please let her know how special she is.

January 2016

All the nurses in ER and DeBakey are very nice. Tammy was excellent! She was very helpful and accommodating even with a 4 am check-in.

Emergency room staff were very good.

Emergency Medicine Physicians

Gerald Matzke, MD

Gerald Matzke, MD

Emergency Medicine
Rob Miller, MD

Rob Miller, MD

Emergency Medicine
Aaron M. Pfeifer, MD

Aaron M. Pfeifer, MD

Emergency Medicine
Nathan Smith, MD

Nathan Smith, MD

Emergency Medicine
Derek M. Yarmer, MD

Derek M. Yarmer, MD

Emergency Medicine

Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)


The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)/Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is a community-based coordinated response to child and adult victims of sexual assault. The purpose of this program is to provide victim centered care to all victims of sexual assault.

Rights of Victims of Sexual Assault

You have the right to report to law enforcement or not report to law enforcement. Victims under the age of 18 may not report anonymously. This means that you may still receive advocacy services and a medical exam, including evidence collection, but it will NOT be reported to law enforcement unless you want it to be. You may report the crime up to five years later.

What to Expect When Coming for a SANE Exam

*   We will give you compassionate care.
*    We will explain everything to you.
*    We will have you sign consent forms.
*    We will take a complete history.
*   We will conduct a head to toe examination.
*    We will collect evidence.
*    We will conduct a detailed genital examination.
*   We may do lab work.
*    We will discuss medication options.
*    We will maintain your privacy.

Role of the SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner)

A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner is a Registered Nurse, who has specialized training in the treatment and care of victims of sexual assault. Nurses are able to complete the following:

•    Victim History
•    Head to toe examination
•    Detailed genital examination
•    Forensic evidence collection
•    Forensic photography
•    Courtroom testimony

Evidence Preservation

•    Do NOT drink any liquids.
•    Do NOT brush your teeth.
•    Do NOT use mouthwash.
•    Do NOT take a shower.
•    Do NOT take a bath.
•    Do NOT douche.
•    Do NOT change your clothes.
•    Do NOT urinate (if at all possible).
•    Do NOT have a bowel movement.

Bring any other items related to the assault with you to the hospital or give to law enforcement.

SART Members & Roles

Members of the response team include the following:
*    Law Enforcement
*    County Attorney
*    SRS
*    SANE Nurses
*   Victim Advocates

Roles of SART Members

Roles of SART Members

Law Enforcement
*    Investigates all parties involved.
*    Investigates crime scene.
*    Receives evidence and reports from SANE.
*    Submits reports to County Attorney.
*    Remains in contact with the victim during all phases of the investigation.

County Attorney
*    Look at the facts of the case and files charges.
*    Prosecutes for the State.
*    Builds rapport with the victim and family.

*    Notified on all victims under the age of 18.
*    Conducts investigations.

SANE Nurses
*    Victim History
*    Head to toe examination
*    Detailed genital examination
*    Forensic evidence collection
*    Forensic photography
*    Courtroom testimony

Victim Advocates
*    Provide comfort and support.
*    Educate victim and their support system.
*    Provides information and referrals to community resources.
*    May be present during all phases of the investigation.

For More Information

Carol Groen, RN, MSN, CEN
Director SANE program
Hays Medical Center
2220 Canterbury
Hays, KS 67601