It is important for patients to understand that emergency departments are for true emergencies. In a life-threatening emergency, call 911. If you don’t know whether your emergency is life-threatening or not, take the safe approach and come in. However, if you don’t need this high level of care, consider options such as more affordable urgent care or a visit to your general practice physician.
When sudden and severe illnesses afflict you and your family, there’s little time to react. Our physicians and nurses are specially trained to care for you under these traumatic circumstances where every minute counts.
Many emergency units within our system of hospitals are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year and staffed with only the most highly experienced nurses, therapists and physicians.
We understand that emergencies also happen to our little ones. This is why we have emergency units within our system that are EDAP certified (Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics). With kid-sized medical equipment and doctors trained in pediatric care, your children will receive the critical care they need.
Our emergency care staff are highly trained in saving those who have suffered through a stroke, heart attack, vital organ injuries, and other illnesses. Providence hospitals certified as Primary Stroke Centers and STEMI receiving centers are approved to treat the most serious type of brain or heart emergencies.
There is a substantial difference between the care a patient receives at Emergency Departments, Trauma Centers and Urgent Care clinics. Most hospitals have an Emergency Department; this is where patients come with emergency illnesses and injuries, some of which may be life-threatening. Examples might include sudden severe stomach pains, shortness of breath, or severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea.