Emergency Department

erOur full-service Emergency Department (ED) provides lifesaving care. Staffed with a specially-trained emergency medical team 24 hours a day and certified for level IV trauma care, we offer all ancillary services, including CT scan, x-ray and lab diagnostics. Featuring  privacy bays and trauma room, our ED is well-equipped. Our emergency care team includes a general surgeon, physicians, and registered nurses.

The TeleStroke  program, as well as partnerships with larger, specialized facilities ensure fast, professional care close to home. And when traumatic injury or life-threatening illness requires transfer to major regional medical center, we play an essential role in stabilizing patients and coordinating with those facilities before transport.

Brian Barstad, MD
Emergency Department Physician

Alissa Diehl, MD
Emergency Department Physician

Jim Larsen, DO
Emergency Department Physician

Jim Larsen received his D.O. degree from Western University in Pomona, CA. He then completed a family practice residency in Pueblo, CO. He has over 15 years experience working in Community/Migrant health centers. He enjoys the challenges common in primary care. His practice includes Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, and Obstetrics. He resides in Pateros with his wife and 2 children. They enjoy the variety of outdoor and cultural experiences available in North Central Washington.

Louise Simons, MD
Emergency Department Director

Dr. Simons is a board-certified family physician who attended medical school at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and completed her residency and fellowship training at Ventura County Medical Center in 1996.  She worked as a faculty physician in Greeley, Colorado until moving to Chelan in 2005.  She joined CVCH for 12 years, and transitioned to full-time ED work in 2016, accepting the medical director role in 2019.  She feels particularly well-suited to full-spectrum care and is interested in using technology to improve outcomes.