Emergency Department

Providing shorter wait times and direct access to life-saving, interventional cardiac care or emergency surgery.

24-Hour Emergency Department

Our 24-hour Emergency Department now serves more than 30,000 patients a year and is staffed by board certified emergency medicine physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and registered nurses. 

The Emergency Department team coordinates care with a variety of medical specialists, including Cardiologists, Pulmonologists, Neurosurgeons, Ophthalmologists, Orthopedic Surgeons, Internal Medicine physicians, Urologists, Radiologists, Gastroenterologists, General Surgeons, Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Pediatricians, Plastic Surgeons, Podiatrists, and Ear, Nose, and Throat physicians. 

The Emergency Department grew from 17 beds to a 30-bed state-of-the-art emergency center as part of a $30 million expansion completed in 2017. The facility features centrally located stations for nurses and physicians designed so that all patient rooms are visible to staff at all times. The increased capacity will provide patients with shorter wait times in a state-of-the-art environment. 

The new expansion added five new traditional emergency department rooms and an eight-room clinical decision unit to serve patients who need extended observation. All rooms feature state-of-the-art equipment, flat screen TV’s, and guest seating. The eight clinical decision unit rooms also feature a private bathroom to make a patient’s extended stay more comfortable. During peak summer months, the observation rooms can serve as emergency department rooms as well.

Comprehensive diagnostic and imaging services are available 24-hours a day, including a 64-Slice CT scan, MRI services, lab work, x-rays, and much more. Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast is a fully digital facility, meaning all documentation is computerized to improve efficiency and better serve our patients. 

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, call 911 immediately: 

  • Bleeding profusely
  • Experiencing pressure or pain in the chest that lasts more than a few minutes
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Weakness or numbness on one side of the body
  • Confusion or slurred speech

Otherwise, if you feel that your illness, pain, or injury needs immediate attention, we encourage you to seek treatment at the emergency room.

For patients with life-threatening illness or surgery, initial treatment is performed here to stabilize the patient before being transported to a higher-level facility via ground or air ambulance, depending on the circumstance and external factors.

With patient satisfaction scores leading the nation in the 99th percentile, our healthcare team provides high quality, compassionate healthcare in a timely manner! 

With InQuicker, Your Living Room is the ER Waiting Room  

InQuicker is available for the Emergency Department at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. InQuicker is a convenient online service for scheduling your visit to our hospital emergency department. If you have a minor emergency and you'd rather wait at home and not the ER waiting room, use our InQuicker service. Select the next available opening time below to hold your place in line. Click here to learn more about InQuicker.