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Important Visitor Policy Notice

Sarasota Memorial is allowing limited visitation to some areas of the hospital. Upon entry, all visitors must answer screening questions and will have their temperature checked. Visitors must also be 18 or older and must wear a mask, in accordance with SMH’s current masking policy. All patients older than 2 must also wear a mask. Click here for further details.






Warning Signs

If you or someone you know is experiencing emergency warning signs (see below), 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.

  • 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

Expert Emergency & Trauma Care, Close to Home

In an emergency, seconds count. Experience counts. Take comfort in knowing expert care is close to home. Located on Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s main campus, the 24-hour SMH Emergency Care and Trauma Center relies on a team of highly specialized, board-certified trauma surgeons, emergency physicians, subspecialists, and trauma and emergency care nurses to provide swift, life-saving treatment and interventions — a level of care that's unparalleled in our area. The emergency center offers around-the-clock, immediate care for all ages and stages — from obstetrical and pediatric emergencies to advanced care for heart attacks and stroke.

For non-emergency information about the Sarasota Memorial ER and other emergency care services, please call 941-917-8555.

Trauma Care & Recovery

Sarasota Memorial is proud to provide Sarasota County’s only trauma care services, with a team of expert trauma surgeons, emergency-medicine care providers and rehab specialists standing ready 24/7 to deliver life-saving healthcare and support to those who suffer the most severe injuries. 

Our Level II Trauma Center features two helicopter landing pads, state-of-the-art trauma rooms, trauma surgical suites, and intensive care units equipped with leading-edge monitoring, imaging and life-support technologies. 

Ensuring continuity of expert care for patients recovering from traumatic injury, Sarasota Memorial offers comprehensive, collaborative Rehabilitation Services at the SMH Rehab Pavilion, the only hospital-based, acute-care rehabilitation facility in the region.

Emergency Care Services

Backed by the full resources of Sarasota Memorial Hospital, our Emergency Care Center is staffed by highly trained providers, including board-certified Emergency Care Center physicians and ER nurses with advanced certifications in trauma and emergency care. Sarasota Memorial's affiliation with John's Hopkins All Children's Hospitals ensures 24/7 specialized emergency care for pediatric patients.

Sarasota Memorial’s ER was one of just 19 across the nation — and the only one in Florida — to earn the prestigious Emergency Nurses Association Lantern Award (2018), which recognizes emergency departments with excellent practice and innovative performance in leadership, education, advocacy and research.

In a medical emergency, always call 9-1-1. For urgent, but not life-threatening conditions and imaging needs, Sarasota Memorial's six Urgent Care Centers are open 8am-8pm daily. Check out our "Know When To Go" symptom guide or our "Urgent Care: Fast Facts" video series for guidance on when to choose urgent care.

Emergency Care for Pregnant Women

Sarasota Memorial is the only hospital in the region with a 24-hour emergency department dedicated to pregnant women: the Obstetrical Emergency Care Center (OB ECC). OB Hospitalists are available around-the-clock to examine patients, evaluate the progress of labor, check lab results, handle emergencies and provide a safe delivery for women who do not have their own physician or whose physician requests assistance. The Obstetrical ER, Triage and OB Hospitalist Service is located near SMH’s main Emergency Room.

For non-emergency information about the OB ECC, please call 941-917-8555.

Immediate Care for Heart Attacks

Choosing an ER with a hospital-based catheterization lab and world-class heart surgery program is the best way to avoid potentially life-threatening delays in receiving advanced cardiac care. Sarasota Memorial’s DASH (Direct Angioplasty Saves Hearts) team collaborates with 9-1-1 and first-responders to ensure that heart patients receive life-saving interventions as soon as they arrive.

Advanced, Comprehensive Stroke Care

Sarasota Memorial is the only hospital in the southwest Florida designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and Neuroscience Center of Excellence. We are nationally certified to provide the most advanced stroke treatment for complex cases and stroke-related complications.