Highly Skilled Emergency Care

Emergency Services

Manatee Memorial Hospital's Emergency Care Center (ECC) plays an essential role in caring for the urgent health needs of the metropolitan area, treating more than 81,500 children and adult patients each year.

A team of physicians, nurses and staff work in cooperation with other in-house specialists to provide efficient, quality treatment for a number of complex problems, unpredictable injuries and sudden illnesses, including:

  • Early intervention for heart attacks
  • Early intervention for  strokes
  • Pediatric Hospitalists for child emergencies; coordinated care with the Pediatric Center
  • Treatment of falls, motor vehicle accidents, fractures, sprains and asthma management
  • Management of acute back pain
  • Expertise in lacerations, crush injuries and abrasions
  • Treatment of migraines
  • Evaluation and management of acute abdominal pain
  • Acute eye conditions
  • Treatment for common infections, such as pneumonia, kidney and skin infections
  • Treatment of problems associated with diabetes, obstructive lung disease, heart disease and chronic medical problems

Emergency Care Center Groundbreaking

Manatee Memorial Hospital has started construction on a new Emergency Care Center. Learn more about the project:

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Heart Attack

The faster a heart attack patient receives artery-clearing intervention, the better the chance of survival and recovery. Emergency coordinates with Manatee County EMS to speed assessment and intervention. The ECC staff is alerted by radio and ready to act quickly when the patient arrives.

Emergency intervention for heart attacks is coordinated with cardiologists, radiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons. Manatee Memorial has been reported to have one of the country's lowest mortality rates for heart attacks, and the physicians are known for their success in this area.

Time is critical for anyone experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack. Waiting too long before going to the ECC may increase the amount of heart damage. Seeking immediate treatment can make a significant difference in the quality of life after recovery.

Depending on the type and severity of the heart attack, the cardiac team takes patients from the ECC directly to a catheterization lab to administer treatments to clear blocked arteries and restore blood and oxygen flow to damaged heart tissue. A cardiac team and fully-equipped cardiac catheterization suite is available 24 hours a day. Patients are rapidly evaluated and a course of treatment is begun.


With fast, team-based stroke services, the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center at Manatee Memorial offers a rapid-response Stroke Alert Team in the ECC to evaluate and treat all stroke emergencies, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Awarded by the American Stroke Association with the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Initial Performance Achievement Award from 2005-2016, our team-based approach allows for streamlined treatment and services. Recent clinical studies have shown that a team approach improves patient outcomes.

Visit the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center for more information about the stroke services provided at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Patient Story: David Spencer

David Spencer was treated for a total heart block in our ECC. Hear his story:

Pediatric Hospitalists

The hospital coordinates care between the ECC and the Pediatric Center to treat children who need emergency care. The ECC is staffed with a skilled medical team that includes pediatric physicians called hospitalists during peak hours. These physicians can speak directly to your pediatrician on your child's condition and needs. If your child needs to be admitted to the Pediatric Center, the hospitalist, your pediatrician and nursing staff will work together to make the transition smooth from the ECC.

Meet the Pediatric Hospitalists at Manatee Memorial Hospital >

If you are having a medical emergency, don’t wait. Go to the nearest emergency room or call 9-1-1!