Providence Hospital is a regional leader in emergency care, with 50,000 – 60,000 emergency visits per year – more than any other full-service hospital in our community. Our Emergency Department is a Level 3 trauma facility, meaning that an emergency department physician is available at all times and specialty physicians are available on an on-call basis. We treat people of all ages.
Expert Care When You Need It Most
Our Emergency Department is a 30-bed unit that is staffed and equipped to provide care for all levels of illness and injury, from cardiac arrest to minor cuts and fractures. For those needing specialized care, specialists in all areas of medicine, including cardiology, neurosurgery, plastic and hand surgery, are on call and immediately available. Our helipad, located adjacent to the Emergency Department, is quickly accessible for patients requiring air transports.
Our Stroke Center is certified by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association, which means that our program has met stringent guidelines for quality, safety and education to identify stroke patients and provide immediate, lifesaving care. To maintain the certification, our staff completes stroke education annually and consistently meets recommended score requirements.
The Providence Emergency Department is staffed by physicians who are board certified in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine and all are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support. Many of the physicians are certified as life support instructors. Most of our Emergency Department nurses are RNs who have earned a four-year bachelor of science in nursing degree. All are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and many have acquired additional certification in Pediatric Life Support and trauma.
We regularly train for and practice emergency response to crisis situations by conducting drills within Providence Hospital and by participating in community and statewide emergency management exercises. Those drills prepare us to respond quickly and efficiently to natural disasters such as hurricanes, chemical exposures and any type of mass casualty.
What You Can Expect During Your ED Visit
Your care begins as soon as you arrive in the Providence Emergency Department. You will be directed to our Rapid Assessment Zone, or RAZ, where a medical provider will assess your condition and begin initial testing. Depending on your symptoms, blood will be drawn and sent to the lab. If x-rays are needed, they will be taken at this time, too. Once the results are received in the ED, a physician will review them to get a preliminary view of your condition before examining you. While the number of patients needing care at any particular time is not predictable, you can be assured that we are using wait times efficiently through RAZ.