If you're experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.
Emergency Room in Hermitage
Each year, we proudly serve over 60,000 patients in Hermitage, Mt. Juliet, Lebanon and surrounding areas. Our team combines advanced training with compassionate service to be there for your family when you need it most.
What to Expect in the ER
As a patient, you will be cared for by board certified, emergency physicians who have the training to respond to any type of medical emergency that you or your family may experience, from the most serious life-threatening cases down to the minor everyday cuts and bruises. Our Emergency Room is also staffed with registered nurses who have been certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.
Depending on the severity of your condition, our ER team will triage and direct you to the next steps in your care. We know that a visit to the ER can be stressful or even scary, so we want to make it as easy as possible to communicate and guide you through any situation.
Fast ER Wait Times
It's our goal to provide the best possible experience for our patients. That's why we strive to have an efficient process for diagnosing and treating you in the ER. Our wait times represent the average time it takes to be greeted by a qualified medical professional. They are a 4-hour rolling average updated every 30 minutes. Because every condition is unique, we will make every effort to update you on the status of your care during your visit.
Recognizing the Symptoms...
Two of the most common life-threatening emergencies are heart attacks and strokes. In both cases, time is crucial. Being able to recognize the symptoms can help save the life of you or someone you love:
Chest pain is often a symptom of heart disease. It occurs when the blood vessels leading to the heart are blocked. This results in less blood, and therefore less oxygen, reaching the heart muscle. When the heart muscle is deprived of oxygen, chest pain and other symptoms result. Chest pain of any kind deserves a medical evaluation to determine its cause.
Other symptoms may include:
- Shortness of breath & difficulty breathing
- Unexplained anxiety
- Weakness of fatigue
- Cold sweat
Stroke is a type of cardiovascular disease. It affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or a burst. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so it starts to die.
Learn to recognize the symptoms of a stroke quickly:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause