Emergency Department

Experiencing an emergency? Come to the Providence ER.

Emergency Room - Downtown 

2435 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC 29204 
Ph: (803) 256-5320      Click here for directions.

Emergency Room - Northeast

120 Gateway Corp. Blvd, Columbia, SC 29203 
Ph: (803) 865-4530     Click here for directions.

Having chest pains? 

Our downtown Heart Hospital is an Accredited Chest Pain Center and a leader in cardiac care. Our door to balloon time (the time from entry to angioplasty) is only 60 minutes, when the national recommendation is ninety minutes or less. As a result of our STEMI hotline, our staff is often called on to provide education to other facilities about best practices when handling these cardiac events. 

Providence understands the need for rapid response. Our rapid assessment procedure helps to ensure that, while the most life-threatening patients are seen first, all patients are seen as soon as possible. As a result, Providence Health's ER wait times are shorter than the state average. Our "pull to full" policy lets us bring you directly to a room if available, and bedside registration quickens your access to needed care. At Providence, you will be seen by a strong clinical staff with excellent 24/7 ancillary departments including labs and x-ray. 

While Urgent Care Centers are a great option for illness and minor injury, many conditions should be seen in an emergency room.

  • Chest pain, especially radiating to your arm or jaw or with sweating or vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Any severe pain, particularly in the abdomen or halfway down the back
  • Sudden loss of balance or fainting
  • Sudden difficulty speaking or understanding speech
  • Altered mental status or confusion, including suicidal thoughts
  • Sudden weakness or paralysis, especially on one side of the face or body
  • Severe heart palpitations
  • Sudden, severe headache
  • Sudden testicular pain and swelling
  • Newborn baby with a fever 100.4 degrees or higher
  • Falls that cause injury while taking blood thinning medications
  • Sudden vision changes, including blurred, double vision or vision loss
  • Broken bones or dislocated joints
  • Deep cuts that require stitches or open wounds that won’t stop bleeding
  • Head or eye injuries
  • High fevers or fevers with rash
  • Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy
  • Severe persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Serious burns
  • Seizures without a diagnosis of epilepsy

For the following symptoms, consider going to an Urgent Care Clinic or a Primary Care Physician:

  • Fever without rash
  • Ear pain
  • Painful urination
  • Persistent diarrhea
  • Cold or flu symptoms
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting
  • Minor trauma such as a common sprain or shallow cut

Click here to find a Providence primary care provider near you.

When to call 9-1-1

For a heart attack or stroke, call 911 for an ambulance. Paramedics can begin delivering life-saving treatment on the way to the hospital. Every second counts in these events.

Also call 9-1-1 if you are having severe bleeding, if you feel like you might faint, or if your vision is impaired. 

Our partnership with area EMS services promotes easy access to our hospital.