When you think your health is in danger, emergency services are there for you 24/7.
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.
What is an emergency?
A medical emergency is a sudden unexpected illness or injury that you believe would place your life in danger or cause serious damage to your health if you do not seek immediate medical treatment.
Medical emergencies include, but are not limited to:
- Heart attack
- Acute abdominal pain
- Severe chest pain
- Loss of consciousness
- Bleeding that doesn’t stop
- Medically necessary detoxification
In an emergency, always seek medical care immediately. Go directly to the nearest emergency facility or call 911. You and your covered family members can receive emergency medical services anywhere, 24 hours a day, even when you’re away from home.
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.
The cost of emergency care
The Emergency Department is the highest level of care, for the most series of situations. It’s also the most expensive. If you don’t need this immediate level of care, consider options such as more affordable urgent care or a visit to your primary care provider.
Know where to go just in case
You never know when you’re going to need emergency care. That’s why it’s important to know where the closest emergency care facility is to your home so you can get there fast if and when you need to. Find the closest facility to you today so you can be ready when it matters the most. Customize your search by entering a ZIP code and radius.Find an emergency care center