Emergency medicine in Sebring, FL

Highlands Regional Medical Center’s 24/7 ER is staffed with a team of dedicated doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals focused on providing you and your loved ones with expert care.

If you are having an emergency, call 911 immediately.

Quality emergency care

Our highly trained staff can provide care for everything from cuts and broken bones to life-threatening conditions, such as heart attack or stroke.

We provide efficient, prompt and compassionate care, and offer:

  • Multi-functional treatment rooms for patients with varied conditions
  • A dynamic ER design focused on providing a better experience for patients and visitors
  • Highly qualified, dedicated healthcare professionals who are committed to the highest standards of care
  • A continued commitment to keeping wait times to a minimum
  • Primary stroke care services offered 24/7

Senior-friendly ER

Highlands Regional features the area's only dedicated senior ER. Our goal is to provide the community with safe, efficient and compassionate healthcare for people of all ages.

Our senior-friendly emergency room features:

  • Dedicated parking close to the ER entrance
  • Dedicated ER rooms for seniors with hearing amplifiers and optical enhancement devices
  • Special attention to discharge planning
  • One-on-one help with scheduling follow-up appointments

When to go to the ER

Sometimes it's difficult to determine which level of care you need, such as whether you should go to the ER or wait for your doctor's office to open. Knowing where to go when you need immediate care can be life-saving. Highlands Regional's ER is open 24/7 to treat all types of emergency medical conditions for people of all ages.

Almost all symptoms can range in severity. Below is a list of symptoms that may indicate you need to visit the ER:

  • Back pain: When it is unbearable or accompanied by fever, numbness, weakness, confusion, slurred speech, vision loss or loss of control over bladder or bowels
  • Broken bones: When the pain is severe or there is a visible deformity or bone bulging through the skin
  • Chest pain: When it is crushing or squeezing and accompanied by other heart attack symptoms, such as shortness of breath or nausea
  • Concussion: When you have lost consciousness, even briefly, or experience amnesia, vomiting, slurred speech or a seizure
  • Flu: When symptoms become severe, such as having trouble breathing, vomiting uncontrollably, becoming dehydrated or developing pneumonia
  • Side pain: When you have severe pain in the lower right stomach, side or back or have side pain in addition to fever, nausea, diarrhea or blood in the urine
  • Stomach pain: When you experience pain in addition to a hard or tender stomach, nausea, shortness of breath, fever or irregular heartbeat
  • Stroke: Always call 911 immediately if stroke symptoms are present, such as sudden numbness (specifically on one side of the body), confusion, dizziness and sudden severe headache
  • Trouble breathing: When breathing stops, is noisy or high-pitched and comes with pain in the chest or severe shortness of breath

What to expect at the ER

Upon arrival to the ER, a triage nurse will assess your symptoms and vital signs. Next, a registration clerk will gather your insurance and relevant medical information. We medically screen, evaluate and stabilize all patients whether or not they have insurance or are able to pay.

Incoming patients with severe, life-threatening illnesses or injuries will be treated first. All other patients will be treated in the order they arrived.

Before discharge, be sure to ask any questions and keep all paperwork, discharge information and medicines you have received. Our ER staff will contact your primary care provider for updates to your medical record.

Once you have been discharged, you may receive a follow-up call from a member of our team to ensure that you understand your discharge instructions and are able to get back on the road to recovery.

What to bring to the ER

When coming to the ER, it is recommended to bring:

  • List of medicines you currently take
  • List of known allergies
  • Copy of results from recent medical tests, if available
  • Personal care preferences and restrictions
  • A responsible adult or phone number for someone to contact

If you are unsure if your symptoms require an ER visit, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (863) 824-4250.