Emergency Care

Terrebonne General Medical Center provides its community with a comprehensive experienced staff prepared to handle various types of emergency situations. Not only does TGMC provide traditional emergency treatment, but also offers a Fast Track Area within the emergency department to treat those less critical patients.

Emergency Treatment

Each year, more than 50,000 patients receive advanced emergency care in TGMC's Level III Emergency Department. Staffed 24-hours by board-certified emergency medicine physicians and highly trained emergency department nurses, this is the first line of treatment for sudden illness or injuries.

There are lots of factors involved in treating emergency cases. That's why we've developed a triage system to help us see all our patients as quickly as possible. Naturally, the most serious cases are seen first.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about emergency treatment:

  • Why are some patients seen before others that were there before them? No two emergency cases are the same. It is our duty to see the most serious cases first. That's where triage comes in.
  • What is triage? Triage is a method of determining the seriousness of each case that comes into the Emergency Department. Our triage nurse will see each patient that comes in and assess his/her need to see the physician. The patients are then put in order and are seen as bed space becomes available.
  • Is there anything I should do before I come into the TGMC's Emergency Department? If time and circumstances allow, it's advisable to call your family physician before coming. If not, you will probably be seen by a qualified emergency physician. It's also important to bring information such as medications you might be taking, your past medical history, and copies of any recent x-rays and lab work you may possess.

Insurance Policy

The Emergency Department is designed to provide emergency services. If your case is considered non-emergency, financial arrangements will be discussed, including a verifiable insurance card. In the absence of a verifiable insurance card, a deposit may be required. If your insurance is later verified, your deposit will be returned or applied to any outstanding debts owed to Terrebonne General.

Locate a TGMC Emergency Room Physician here.

Get the Right Care, at the Right Place

TGMC is dedicated to providing exceptional care for its patients. To help provide quicker, quality service, we encourage patients to seek care at the right place.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1 or visit the TGMC Emergency Department. For minor health ailments or common illnesses, please see other treatment options TGMC provides. Click here to learn more. 

Narcotics Addiction Resources

America is facing one of the biggest public health crises with the opioid epidemic. In 2016, there were approximately 2.1 million people that had abused or were dependent on opioids, such as heroin or prescription painkillers. If you or a loved one is seeking addiction help, please contact one of these local resources for assistance. 

Signs & Symptoms of Addiction

Signs and symptoms of addiction can appear in different ways. Some common symptoms include:


  • Dilated, red eyes
  • Looking pale or undernourished
  • Change in eating habits


  • Missing work or school
  • Work or school problems
  • Disrupted sleeping patterns
  • Financial problems


  • Irritable and/or argumentative
  • Defensiveness
  • Rationalizing – offering alibis, excuses or justifications for their behavior
  • Blaming – place blame for the behavior on someone or something else

If you believe someone you love is addicted, please seek guidance from a professional. Addiction is a daily struggle and requires outside support.

Find a Counseling and Addiction Treatment Facility Near You:

The following local counseling and addiction treatment facilities may be able to provide help for you or your loved one.

South Central Louisiana Human Services Authority
521 Legion Ave.
Houma, LA
Terrebonne Addictive Disorders Clinic
5599 Hwy 311
Houma, LA 70360

New Start Recovery
214 High Street
Houma, LA 70360
1340 W. Tunnel Blvd. #212
Houma, LA 70360
Find a Suboxone Provider Near You:
The following local physicians can prescribe Suboxone to both alleviate withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings and to discourage drug abuse.
Dr. Joseph Gautreaux
459 Corporate Dr
Houma, LA 70360
Dr. John McCain
459 Corporate Dr
Houma, LA 70360
Dr. Michael Straney
6684 W Park Ave
Houma, LA 70364
Dr. Charon Gentile
259 Gabasse St
Houma, LA 70360
Dr. Jack Heidenreich
111 Acadia Park Dr
Raceland, LA 70394
Dr. Eddie Smith
103 Picciola Pkwy
Cut Off, LA 70345

If you want someone to help you find a treatment provider to treat opioid dependence, call Suboxone at 866-973-4373.

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