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Sarasota ER & Trauma Center

SMH-Venice ER & Emergency Care Services


The Emergency Care Center at Sarasota Memorial Hospital-Venice offers around-the-clock, immediate care for all ages and stages — from obstetrical and pediatric emergencies to advanced care and interventions for heart attacks and stroke.

Located on the SMH-Venice and backed by the full resources of the hospital, our 24-hour ER Emergency Care Center is staffed by highly trained providers, including board-certified Emergency Care Center physicians and ER nurses with advanced certifications in emergency care.

For non-emergency information about the SMH-Venice ER and other emergency care services, call 941-261-8555.

In a medical emergency, always call 9-1-1.

For urgent, but not life-threatening conditions and imaging needs, Sarasota Memorial's 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 Warning Signs

If you or someone you know is experiencing emergency warning signs (see below), call 9-1-1 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

Emergency Care for Pregnant Women

The SMH-Venice Obstetrical Emergency Care Center (OB-ECC) offers specialized emergency care services for pregnant women. It's the only ER in south Sarasota County dedicated to caring for pregnant women. OB hospitalists are available 24/7 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.

Patients seeking care at the SMH-Venice OB-ECC should check in at the hospital’s main Emergency Room.

Immediate Care for Heart Attacks & Stroke

Sarasota Memorial's emergency care services team collaborates with 9-1-1 and first-responders to ensure that patients receive life-saving interventions for cardiac issues and stroke as soon as they arrive. Our hospital-based catheterization lab and world-class surgeons further ensure patients avoid potentially life-threatening delays in receiving advanced cardiac care.

Forensic Nursing Team

Sarasota Memorial Hospital provides comprehensive services and support for survivors of sexual assault and other acts of violence, with over 40 specially trained forensic nurses and a team of board certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE). Recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Accreditation Committee as a top exemplar, SMH's forensic and SANE-certified nurses offer counseling, medical care and ongoing support for survivors at its three Emergency Care Centers throughout Sarasota County. The team assists with issues such as sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy concerns, and mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. They also collaborate with law enforcement and provide expert testimony in legal proceedings if criminal charges are filed.