Providence Emergency Care: FastER, QuickER, BettER
The best time to decide what hospital you will choose in an emergency is before you need it. The Emergency Departments at Providence medical centers are certified to provide life-saving stroke care when minutes count, to treat the worst type of heart attack and to treat children, all with the Providence brand of quality and compassionate care.
All six of the Providence Medical Centers have Emergency Departments that are certified for stroke care, heart care and pediatrics.
Our emergency departments are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and staffed with experienced physicians, nurses and therapists, all highly trained in emergency care that includes stroke, heart attack, influenza, broken bones and other illness and injuries. All of our hospitals are Primary Stroke Centers and STEMI receiving centers – approved to treat the most serious type of heart attack.
Providence Emergency Department physicians are trained in utilizing hypothermic therapy, which can save neurological function in certain heart attack patients by slowing the body’s reactions. Stroke experts quickly diagnose and administer tPA, a blood clot-busting, vastly improving outcomes.
We are EDAP (Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics) certified.
Kid-size medical equipment is available for our pediatric patients, and a critical care ambulance exclusively for children and babies is there to transport youngsters, once they’re stabilized, to our hospitals with pediatric specialties.
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, take the safe approach and come in. But 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.
Any time you visit and Emergency Department or Urgent Care Center, it’s important that you have a list of any medications you are taking, prescription as well as over-the-counter, and the dosages. Be prepared to let your caregivers know what medications you may be allergic to, your basic health history and a clear description of your symptoms.