Most people do not plan for emergencies, but when sudden serious or life-threatening
illness or injury strikes, Parrish Medical Center is here to serve you.
Parrish Medical Center's Emergency Department is honored to treat
more than 40,000 patients per year. We are a nationally certified Primary
Stroke Center and are nationally recognized for saving more lives through
our safe practices.
Triage Emergency Classifications
Our goal is to see and treat each patient as quickly as possible. Due to
the nature of the emergency department, patients are seen in order of
the seriousness of their injury or illness - not on a first-come, first-served
basis. Rendering lifesaving care to emergent (the critically ill or injured)
patients are always given priority.
When you arrive, you will be triaged. Your medical condition will be classified as
non-urgent depending the acuity of your illness or injury.
Because accidents and emergency visits are not planned, the number of patients
who need care can be unpredictable. This can sometimes result in extended
wait times. We hope you understand that when it is your turn, we will
take excellent care of you too.
Peak hours of activity are from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., especially on weekends.
Once you are in the treatment area, a provider will see you, and some diagnostic
tests may be ordered. It may also be necessary for us to call your physician.
These things take time, and can also cause delays, and increase wait time.
Your patience is appreciated.
**Be sure to let someone know if your condition worsens while waiting for
treatment. This may be a sign that your condition needs more immediate attention.
Upon being released you will be given a customized computer-generated information
sheet called "discharge instructions." As part of the discharge
process, you will be referred to your family physician for follow-up.
If you do not have a family physician, we will give you the name of a
PMC on-call physician. If you have questions after being released or about
your follow-up visit, please contact us at 268-6130.
- If possible have someone accompany you to the Emergency Department.
- Bring all of your current medications to the Emergency Department, including
the dose and the frequency with which you take it. Be prepared to share
with us the names of all of your doctors, as well as information about
- Please bring your insurance information.
- Make and keep a list of your allergies to foods, airborne substances and
latex. It would also be helpful to include how each of these allergies
affect you. Emergency room care partners will also ask other questions
about your medical history and may ask about the medical histories of
your immediate family—parents and grandparents.
- Do not assume you will be admitted to the medical center. Please make sure
you have a ride home.
- Although cell phones are allowed in the Emergency Department, please do
not use when medical personnel are in the room. Note: video and pictures
of PMC care partners (doctors, nurses, etc.) are not allowed forwithout
- If you are a patient waiting in the Emergency Department, please don’t
eat or drink anything since this can interfere with, or postpone, your care.
- Be prepared to answer personal questions about yourself and your lifestyle.
All of this information will be kept in the strictest of confidence and
used only in conjunction with your care. If you do not wish to have your
medical information discussed in front of your family or visitors, please
inform a member of your care team.
Understanding Your Emergency Visit Bill
Parrish Medical Center charges for the use of the emergency facility and
for the services of hospital physicians and PA's. The hospital also
charges for X-ray, laboratory and pharmacy services and for medical supplies.
Depending on your condition, physician specialists, such as radiologists,
orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons or pediatricians, may be called to
consult on your case. All consultants, including radiologists, send a
separate bill. If you have any billing questions or need financial assistance,
please contact the business office at 268-6158.