Every minute matters in an emergency. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the following signs, please call 911 immediately. Do not try to drive to the ER. Life-saving interventions often take place in an ambulance, as does transmission of vital information to hospitals preparing for your emergency treatment.
Advanced Specialties & Services
Our Emergency Care Center physicians are all board-certified in emergency medicine and have at least 10 years of experience, and our affiliation with All Children's Hospitals/Johns Hopkins Medicine ensures around-the-clock pediatric care by Sarasota Memorial and All Children's highly specialized Pediatric Hospitalists.
Our Emergency Care team is backed by the full resources of Sarasota Memorial and ER nurses with advanced certifications in trauma and emergency care. Sarasota Memorial is the only hospital in the region – and among a select group across the nation – to earn the nation’s highest honor for nursing care – Magnet Nursing Services Recognition.
Level II Trauma Center
As Sarasota County's only Level II Trauma Center, Sarasota Memorial's team of highly specialized trauma surgeons, emergency physicians, subspecialists, trauma and intensive care nurses and rehabilitation specialists stand ready 24/7 to deliver immediate life-saving care to people who suffer the most severe accidents and injuries in or near Sarasota County.
Our Trauma Center includes two helicopter landing pads, state-of-the-art trauma resuscitation rooms, trauma surgical suites and intensive care units equipped with leading-edge monitoring, imaging and life support technologies. We also offer the county's only hospital-based acute care rehabilitation center for patients recovering from surgery or treatment of a traumatic injury.
SMH has affiliated with Tampa General Hospital – the only Level I Trauma Center in the region and the only Level I trauma provider in Florida to be verified by the American College of Surgeons – to share best practices and facilitate the rapid transfer of patients requiring Level I trauma services, such as severe burn victims and critically injured children who require a higher level of pediatric subspecialty care.
EMERGENCY WARNING SIGNS
- • Chest pain or pressure
- • Loss of consciousness or awareness
- • Choking
- • Difficulty breathing/shortness of breath
- • Sudden numbness, tingling, weakness of an extremity
- • Serious injuries, especially those that affect the head, abdomen, neck or back
- • Sudden severe pain anywhere in your body, from a known or unknown cause
- • Sudden dizziness, headache or change in vision
- • Weakness, fainting or feeling as if you are going to pass out
- • Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- • Thoughts of suicide or homicide
- • Seizures or convulsions
- • Poisoning or overdose of medications
- • Significant bleeding from vagina, rectum or when vomiting
- • Bleeding that cannot be stopped with pressure
- • Major burns
Emergency vs. Urgent Care?
For urgent, but not life threatening conditions, you can also visit one of Sarasota Memorial's Urgent Care Centers in Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice. The clinics are open 8am-8pm seven days a week. In a medical emergency, always call 911. For tips on when to seek emergency vs. urgent care, watch our "Urgent Care: Fast Facts" video series on our YouTube education channel.
Comprehensive Stroke Center
Sarasota Memorial is the only hospital in the region designated by the State of Florida as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and nationally certified by DNV Healthcare to provide the most complex and advanced procedures to treat any kind of stroke or stroke complication. Learn more >>>
DASH – Direct Angioplasty Saves Hearts
Choosing an ER with a hospital-based cath lab and heart surgery program offers the best protection against potentially life-threatening delays in receiving advanced cardiac care. Our DASH program (Direct Angioplasty Saves Hearts) works with 911 and rescue workers in the field to ensure that heart patients receive immediate and life-saving interventions upon arrival. Learn more >>>
Wait time goal: 30 minutes or less
Time is never more valuable than when you or your loved one is facing a medical emergency. That’s why it is our goal to have every patient seen by a doctor within 30 minutes of walking into the Sarasota Memorial Emergency Care Center.
We are committed to making our patients and visitors as comfortable as possible. If you have questions or concerns during your stay, please feel free to share them with a member of our emergency care team.
For non-emergency information, please call our Emergency Care Center at 941-917-8555.
To learn more about our ER physiciain team, or to complete a patient experience survey, please click here.