Emergency care in southeast Georgia

From the fall you didn't expect to the sudden pain in your chest, nobody plans for an emergency. That’s why we’re here. The Parker’s Emergency & Trauma Center at Memorial Health provides 24/7 care for medical emergencies. Our board-certified emergency medicine physicians provide safe and compassionate care to southeast Georgia residents quickly and efficiently.

If your or someone you know is experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

When to go to the ER

If you have an injury or condition causing you serious discomfort or complications, go to the closest hospital ER or emergency care center as soon as possible. Symptoms or conditions that should be treated in an ER include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Broken bones
  • Certain behavioral health issues
  • Chest pain
  • Concussion or head trauma
  • Heart attack
  • Open wounds
  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Strokes (cerebrovascular accidents)
  • Trouble breathing

Specialized emergency services and treatments

Our goal is to provide seamless care for you and your family. To do this, we offer a variety of emergency services that allow for continuous care from arrival through recovery.

Level I Trauma Center

Traumatic injuries require highly specialized care from doctors trained in treating trauma. As the only American College of Surgeons-verified Level I Trauma Center in southeast Georgia, we have the resources and expertise to save lives and minimize lasting damage. This means we offer patients advanced trauma care from the moment they enter our hospital doors throughout their recovery.

Dedicated pediatric emergency care

Our Children's ER is located within the Memorial Health Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children's Hospital of Savannah. The children's ER team includes pediatric emergency physicians, pediatric nurses and respiratory therapists. No matter the care your child needs, we are here to help.

Our staff is trained to handle all types of pediatric emergencies, including cuts, broken bones, asthma attacks, seizures and household injuries. If your child requires continued care or is admitted to our children's hospital, you can rest assured that we offer the pediatric services needed for your child to heal.

Neonatal intensive care services

Knowing your infant needs extra care at birth can be tough. However, knowing our expert neonatologists — doctors who specialize in newborn care — can make things a little less stressful. We are the region’s only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for southeast Georgia. Our hospital is equipped with advanced technology and staffed with experienced professionals to help your baby get the best possible start to life.

Our emergency care providers

Our emergency room includes multispecialty teams of doctors, surgeons and nurses committed to providing high-quality emergency care when you need it most.

Our teams collaborate with local emergency medical services (EMS) providers to continuously improve transport times, door-to-balloon times for heart attack patients, and door-to-treatment times for stroke patients.

Comprehensive Stroke Center

If you see someone experiencing facial drooping, arm or leg numbness or slurred speech, the symptoms may indicate a stroke, and they may need immediate medical attention. A stroke is a serious medical condition that requires prompt emergency treatment and medical intervention.

The emergency physicians in our ER are experts at identifying and treating strokes as soon as possible. The emergency specialists and neurologists at our hospital work together to provide life-saving stroke care.

Because of this dedication, we are proud to be the only hospital in southeast Georgia accredited by DNV-GL Healthcare as a Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center.

ER vs. urgent care

Deciding between emergency care or urgent care for treating an illness or injury isn’t always easy, especially in the moment of pain or sickness.

Urgent care centers typically provide treatment for commonplace sicknesses and injuries, such as flu symptoms and ankle sprains. However, unlike an ER, most urgent care clinics are not open 24/7 and are not able to treat more serious conditions.

Conditions commonly treated at an urgent care center include:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Common cold
  • Ear infection
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Head lice
  • Minor cuts and falls
  • Mononucleosis (mono)
  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • Strep throat
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)

If you are unsure whether a symptom requires emergency or urgent care, our Consult-a-Nurse® line is available 24/7 at (912) 350-9355. Consult-A-Nurse® is a free service from our HCA Hospitals designed to provide you with health information and physician referrals. Our nurses staff our free hotline to help you determine the right type of care for your injury or illness before you leave home.

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