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.

Coming soon! Emergency Room - Fairfield

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. 

These symptoms could indicate a need for immediate and/or advanced care and should be seen in an emergency room. 

  • Broken bones or dislocated joints
  • Chest pain radiating to the arm or jaw or with sweating or vomiting
  • Deep cuts that require stitches or open wounds that won’t stop bleeding
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Drug Overdose
  • Falls that cause injury while taking blood thinning medications
  • Head or eye injuries
  • High fevers or fevers with rash
  • Newborn baby with a fever 100.4 degrees or higher
  • Severe internal pain in the torso or middle back
  • Severe heart palpitations
  • Serious burns
  • Seizures without a diagnosis of epilepsy
  • Snake bites
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy

If the symptoms below come on quickly and without explanation, you may need to go to the Emergency Room.

  • Altered mental status or sudden confusion 
  • Sudden loss of balance or fainting
  • Sudden difficulty speaking or understanding speech
  • Sudden weakness or paralysis, especially on one side of the face or body
  • Sudden testicular pain and swelling
  • Sudden vision changes, including blurred, double vision or vision loss


When to call 9-1-1

For a heart attack or stroke or an unresponsive drug user, 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.

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Prefer to make an appointment with a primary care provider? Our primary care team will do its best to see you that day if you call with symptoms of illness. Click here to find a Providence primary care provider near you.