Emergency room in Brooksville, Florida

When you need emergency care, you want to receive the best treatment as quickly as possible.

At Oak Hill Hospital, our emergency room (ER) in Brooksville, Florida, is prepared to handle any medical emergency at any time of day or night. Our ER physicians, nurses and specialists provide adults and children in West Central Florida with rapid, life-saving care. We are home to the region's only pediatric ER and Hernando County's only open heart program.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.

The ER at Oak Hill Hospital is staffed 24 hours a day by a board-certified team of doctors and nurses experienced in providing emergency care to children and adults. Our ER team is committed to engaging and empowering patients. This means respecting your needs, values and preferences. And, at Oak Hill, it's something we live by.

We have reduced ER wait times through the ongoing measurement, tracking and comparison of key emergency metrics. This ensures that, in addition to providing the highest quality care, we also offer the most efficient emergency care in the area.

ER services we offer

Our ER offers:

  • Dedicated private pediatric ER and specialized care for pediatric patients
  • Diagnostic imaging services with quick turnaround times for results
  • Expert care from board-certified emergency medicine physicians and emergency-trained staff
  • Full-service laboratory
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Minimal wait times

Pediatric ER

We deliver gentle pediatric emergency care in a compassionate, warm environment to children, from infancy to early adulthood. Our highly trained emergency pediatric specialists are committed to their well-being and comfort. All our nurses are certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).

We take steps to provide an "ouchless" experience in our eight private pediatric ER treatment rooms with child-friendly decor and expert child-centered protocols.

Our pediatric ER is open and ready to handle any pediatric medical emergency every day 11:00am - 11:00pm.

Accredited in Sepsis Care

Oak Hill Hospital has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for the Treatment of Sepsis Certification by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization's commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

The certification recognizes health care organizations that provide clinical programs across the continuum of care for treatment of sepsis. The certification evaluates how organizations use clinical outcomes and performance measures to identify opportunities to improve care, as well as to educate and prepare patients and their caregivers for discharge.

Accredited Primary Stroke Center

Every second counts when you are experiencing a stroke. The faster treatment can be administered, the greater the likelihood you can be saved from permanent brain damage, disability or even death.

The emergency care team at Oak Hill consistently meets exacting standards of excellent stroke care. This has earned us the designation as a Primary Stroke Center, certified by The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission—an independent, not-for-profit organization—accredits and certifies more than 15,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the U.S.

Opioid management in the ER

At Oak Hill Hospital, we recognize abuse of prescription controlled substances is an increasing problem within our community.

In an effort to provide the best and safest care, we follow these established guidelines for pain management in our ER:

  • Our ER team will effectively manage the pain of anyone showing acute symptoms. When it comes to the appropriate and safe management of chronic pain, however, you should consult your primary care doctor, advanced practice professional (APP) or pain management specialist.
  • When appropriate, the ER doctors and APPs may use a combination of non-opioid medications to treat acute pain.
  • Adults are required to provide a government-issued form of identification, and prescriptions will be limited to three days.
  • Our ER team will not replace lost, stolen or destroyed prescriptions.
  • The ER doctors and APPs will prescribe prescription refills only in consultation and agreement with your primary care doctor, APP or pain management specialist.
  • The ER doctors and APPs will prescribe the lowest effective dosage of pain medications.
  • The ER doctor and APPs will prescribe fast-acting pain management, which offers immediate release instead of extended release of medications.
  • The ER doctors and APPs will not administer an opiate if the patient:
    • Received an opiate prescription within the last 10 days
    • Has multiple providers, forged an RX, altered a script or altered any facts
    • Has attempted to obtain medication under false pretenses

These are the highlights of our established pain management guidelines. A copy of our complete guidelines may be obtained upon written request to the ER medical director.