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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
With more than 800 physicians on staff equipped with the latest technology, Sarasota Memorial offers the greatest depth and breadth of advanced specialties and emergency services in southwest Florida. Our Emergency Care Center is one of the most experienced on Florida’s gulf coast, caring for more than 80,000 children and adults each year. Sarasota Memorial's affiliation with All Children's Hospitals/Johns Hopkins Health System ensures 24/7 emergency consults and around-the-clock care by All Children's board-certified Pediatric Hospitalists at Sarasota Memorial.


  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Loss of consciousness or awareness
  • Choking
  • Difficulty breathing or 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
For urgent, but not life threatening conditions, remember you can also visit one of Sarasota Memorial's Urgent Care Centers in Sarasota and Manatee - open 8am-8pm every day. Here, too, we strive to provide timely, top-quality care within 30 minutes of your arrival.

Physicians With More Experience & Expertise
Sarasota Memorial’s medical staff is board-certified in more than 50 specialties and subspecialties. Our Emergency Care Center physicians are all board-certified in emergency medicine and have at least 10 years of experience. Many of our ECC nurses hold advanced certifications in emergency care and all are among the nation’s top 3 percent of nurses and hospitals to receive the nation’s highest honor in nursing care – Magnet Nursing Services Recognition. Indeed, it is that high caliber of care that helps us achieve better outcomes for our patients and national recognition for, among other specialties, heart, stroke, cancer and geriatric care.

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 by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center to help people facing the greatest challenges in stroke care.  Learn more >>>

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.

Sarasota Memorial's breakthrough DASH program (Direct Angioplasty Saves Hearts) ensures that heart patients in our community have access to that kind of aggressive, life-saving treatment. At Sarasota Memorial, the hospital’s emergency medicine physicians and cardiologists are available 24/7 and mobilize as soon as paramedics answer a heart-related 911 call. 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. 

Limited parking is available directly in front of the Emergency Care Center entrance. Free valet parking is available 5 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Should you require assistance or special accommodations when valet service is not available, please inform the staff at the Triage desk.

Friends & Family
We recognize that you may want to keep your friends and family informed during your ER visit. Each room is equipped with a phone, and additional phones are available throughout the Emergency Care Center for your friends and family. Cell phones are not permitted within some parts of the hospital because they can interfere with critical medical equipment. We kindly ask that, upon entering the facility, you turn your cell phone off for patient safety reasons.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Emergency Room Entrance

Customer Service
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.

If you would like to complete the ER Physician/Physician Assistant Patient Survey, please click here

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