Important information

Enhanced safety protections

Never delay care, during the global pandemic or otherwise, to avoid a trip to the emergency room. Specific symptoms, including those of heart attack or stroke, require professional medical evaluation and timely treatment to reduce the risk of serious complications or worse. Our emergency rooms have introduced enhanced precautions to ensure a safe environment for all involved. We are here for you and we are well-equipped to handle any health concern you may have.

Learn more about enhanced safety protections

Emergency room in Florida's Treasure Coast

Lawnwood Regional Medical Center offers the most experienced ER on the Treasure Coast, with a trauma center and a pediatric ER on site. When you choose our ER, you can expect quality emergency care from a team of committed doctors, nurses and support personnel.

If you're experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

What to expect at the ER

Upon arrival to the ER, a triage nurse will assess your symptoms and vital signs. Next, a registration clerk will gather your insurance and relevant medical information. We medically screen, evaluate and stabilize all patients whether or not they have insurance or are able to pay.

Incoming patients with severe, life-threatening illnesses or injuries will be treated first. All other patients will be treated in the order they arrived.

Before discharge, be sure to ask any questions and keep all paperwork, discharge information and medicines you have received. Our ER staff will contact your primary care provider for updates to your medical record.

What to bring to the ER

When coming to the ER, it is recommended to bring:

  • List of medicines you currently take
  • List of known allergies
  • Copy of results from recent medical tests, if available
  • Personal care preferences and restrictions
  • A responsible adult or phone number for someone to contact

Pediatric ER

Our pediatric ER is the first and only one of its kind on the Treasure Coast. Our pediatric team is ready to assist your child in an emergency. We also understand that children have unique needs when it comes to urgent care. Our staff is specially trained to meet those needs, and our pediatric ER uses equipment and tools made specifically for children.

Trauma center

At our Level II Trauma Center, our goal is to provide the best care possible to acutely injured patients. Our trauma center has a multidisciplinary team that includes pre-hospital personnel, trauma surgeons, ER doctors, specialist physicians, nurses and ancillary staff. This enables us to handle even the most critical injuries.

Vero Beach ER

Our new, freestanding ER in Vero Beach provides the surrounding areas with immediate 24-hour care. This new facility, which is now open, serves the Indian River and St. Lucie Counties. The facility will include 12 beds, a trauma bay, mobile imaging technologies and more. Located at 660 S. US Highway 1 in Vero Beach, some of the highlights of the new freestanding ER include:

  • Short wait times
  • Convenient location
  • Staffed by physicians affiliated with Lawnwood Regional Medical Center
  • Same high-level care as a hospital ER

FastTrack ER

Through our FastTrack ER program, we treat less serious illnesses and injuries in a special area of our ER. This helps us treat all ER patients as quickly as possible while still being able to administer prompt, accurate care for critical illnesses and injuries. The FastTrack ER is located in our ER. All patients use the same entrance and check-in area.

Our FastTrack ER isn't a walk-in clinic; it's an extension of our ER for less critical emergencies. If you’re admitted as a FastTrack ER patient and later need more urgent care, we can quickly adjust your treatment plan and admit you to the hospital if needed.

During your ER registration and evaluation, called triage, we’ll determine the seriousness of your emergency. If you have a less urgent issue, we’ll assign you to the FastTrack ER.

When is the FastTrack ER open?

The FastTrack ER is open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Our ER and trauma center are open 24 hours a day.

Will I see a doctor at the FastTrack ER?

All patients are seen by a qualified medical professional—either a doctor of medicine, doctor of osteopathy, physician assistant or advanced registered nurse practitioner. Our patients also work with nurses and other team members.

What conditions do you treat at the FastTrack ER?

The FastTrack ER provides emergency care for minor illnesses and injuries, such as:

  • Ear issues
  • Cough symptoms
  • Sore throats
  • Back pain
  • Cuts
  • Bites, stings and allergic reactions
  • Burning or infrequent urination
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Rashes
  • Suture removal
  • Wound checks
Text “ER” to 32222 to check average ER wait times. Message and data rates may apply.

When to go to the ER

Sometimes it's difficult to determine which level of care you need, such as whether you should go to the ER or wait for your doctor's office to open. Knowing where to go when you need immediate care can be life-saving. Lawnwood Regional Medical Center’s ER is open 24/7 to treat all types of emergency medical conditions.

Almost all symptoms can range in severity. Below is a list of symptoms that may indicate you need to visit the ER:

  • Back pain: When it is unbearable or accompanied by fever, numbness, weakness, confusion, slurred speech, vision loss or loss of control over bladder or bowels
  • Broken bones: When the pain is severe or there is a visible deformity or bone bulging through the skin
  • Chest pain: When it is crushing or squeezing and accompanied by other heart attack symptoms, such as shortness of breath or nausea
  • Concussion: When you have lost consciousness, even briefly, or experience amnesia, vomiting, slurred speech or a seizure
  • Flu: When symptoms become severe, such as having trouble breathing, vomiting uncontrollably, becoming dehydrated or developing pneumonia
  • Side pain: When you have severe pain in the lower right stomach, side or back or have side pain in addition to fever, nausea, diarrhea or blood in the urine
  • Stomach pain: When you experience pain in addition to a hard or tender stomach, nausea, shortness of breath, fever or irregular heartbeat
  • Stroke: Always call 911 immediately if stroke symptoms are present, such as sudden numbness (specifically on one side of the body), confusion, dizziness and sudden severe headache
  • Trouble breathing: When breathing stops, is noisy or high-pitched and comes with pain in the chest or severe shortness of breath

If you are unsure if your symptoms require an ER visit, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (772) 742-9050 or learn more about common ER conditions and symptoms.