Emergency Services

If you need immediate medical attention, call 911.

Leaders In Emergency Care

Our Emergency Departments deliver expert care for both non-urgent and life threatening conditions and illnesses. We provide personalized, rapid attention for each of our patients.

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The Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center Emergency Department has earned state and national awards for the revolutionary ways we reduce wait times, provide faster diagnostic testing, and achieve better and safer patient care. Though we are the busiest single site Emergency Department in our nation, our patient wait times are exemplary. Our team and processes have earned us the 2014 Innovation of the Year in Patient Care Award from the Florida Hospital Association and the 2014 EmCare Genesis Cup Award for healthcare innovation.

Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center is the only hospital in the region to collaborate with Polk County Fire Rescue and Emergency Management Services to offer the timeliest care for those experiencing potentially fatal heart blockages. The Direct-to-Catheterization Lab initiative reduces how much time transpires between patient arrival at the hospital and the opening of an artery to allow blood to begin properly flowing again. Through this effort, the average length of time is 50 minutes from first Emergency Medical Technician contact to the catheterization lab at LRH Medical Center. According to the American College of Cardiology, the ideal time for intervention by balloon angioplasty to open an artery is within 90 minutes of entering a hospital.

As Polk County’s only state-designated Level II Trauma Center, we are equipped with all the necessary state-of-the-art, lifesaving equipment and a dedicated chest pain management team to expedite cardiac cases.

Our George W. Jenkins Children’s Emergency Department located in the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children provides a full-service care delivery system to make sure your child is safe and comfortable. Designed specifically with children in mind, our 33-bed Children’s Emergency Department provides a child-friendly environment with activities to help keep children busy and make them feel welcome. We offer care around the clock by Board-certified physicians, advanced practitioners, and registered nurses with expertise in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. In addition, we collaborate with the world-renowned Nemours Children’s Health System to provide pediatric subspecialty care.

We provide personalized care with specialized options allowing more focused attention to the needs of each patient. Our Fast Track emergency department area offers convenient and efficient bedside care for non-urgent injuries and illness. And our onsite imaging services such as CT Scan, MRI, diagnostics and ultrasound provide quicker and easier patient access. So no matter what the emergency, we are ready even when you are not.

If your case is not an emergency, Lakeland Regional Health also has conveniently located walk-in care locations, open weekdays from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and weekends 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Trauma Center

Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center is a Level II Trauma Center providing initial trauma care, regardless of the injury, with physician subspecialists promptly available.

LRH became a state approved Level II Trauma Center in 1998 and is the only designated trauma center for Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties. While this is LRH’s primary service area, trauma patients are also received from other counties, including Hillsborough and Pasco.