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Emergency Care


How long will it take for me to be seen?
Emergencies can be frightening, but now there’s an even better way to treat them…FAST.

The newly designed Emergency Department and Rapid Treatment Area at St. Mary’s Hospital was developed with you in mind.  You will be seen by a health care professional in minutes, if not seconds.

The new St. Mary’s Emergency Department allows us to care for you in a faster and more satisfying way. Care that is tailored specifically for you. Whether you need care for stroke, heart attack, or other emergencies, at St. Mary’s, we provide the speed that emergencies need.

Life is full of surprises.  When they arise, you can count on the hospital that ranked in the top five percent in the nation for stroke care, general surgery, patient safety, clinical excellence, and patient experience.

At the new St. Mary’s Emergency Department, you’ll get the care you need, by people who care because our goal is to provide Exceptional Care without Exception

You didn’t plan on an emergency, but we did.

St. Mary’s Health Care System.
Your health is our mission.

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When you need emergency care, St. Mary’s has the staff, experience and technology to help.

  • Located at 1230 Baxter St., Athens, GA 30606
  • Exceptional 24/7 Emergency Care Services, including holidays and weekends
  • Cutting edge monitoring and telemedicine capabilities
  • Most major insurance plans, Medicaid and Medicare accepted. Financial assistance may also be available.
  • All treatment rooms are private, and designed for comfort and privacy
  • Physicians who are Board-Certified in Emergency Medicine
  • Part of St. Mary’s Health Care System and our full care continuum
  • St. Mary’s is Joint Commission Certified as a Primary Stroke Center, Heart Failure Center, Knee Replacement Surgery Center and Center for Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Care

How is Emergency Care accessed?

  • ED-Room

    In a medical emergency, dial 911.

  • It can be very dangerous to drive to the hospital when you or a loved one is experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency. Call 911 instead.
  • If you suspect heart attack or stroke, do not wait: call 911 immediately. In a medical emergency, every minute counts.
  • Note: hospital emergency departments should NOT be used for routine care. If your condition does not require urgent care, please see your regular physician.

Does St. Mary’s Provide Heart Attack and Stroke Care?

  • Yes! St. Mary’s utilizes high-tech diagnostics, the latest in drug and interventional cardiology therapies and 24/7 activation capability of our cardiac catheterization team for heart attack patients, as well as the ability to administer the clot-busting drug tPA for appropriate stroke patients.
  • St. Mary’s has received full accreditation as a chest pain center with PCI – the technical term for emergency balloon angioplasty and stent implantation – from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

When is emergency care necessary?


  • Anytime you or someone you are with experiences symptoms that might signal a medical emergency, such as severe bleeding, chest pain, sudden paralysis on one side of the body, or loss of consciousness
  • Anytime you are concerned symptoms may indicate a problem which, if not treated promptly, could lead to death or disability
  • Anytime pain is unbearable
  • Symptoms are not always clear, even for conditions such as heart attack and stroke. When in doubt, come to the Emergency Department.



You didn’t plan on an emergency, but we did. Your health is our mission.