Enhanced safety protections

Never delay care, during the global pandemic or otherwise, to avoid a trip to the emergency room. Specific symptoms, including those of heart attack or stroke, require professional medical evaluation and timely treatment to reduce the risk of serious complications or worse. Our emergency rooms have introduced enhanced precautions to ensure a safe environment for all involved. We are here for you and we are well-equipped to handle any health concern you may have.

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ER in north Aventura

When you need treatment right away, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center offers 24-hour, high-quality care. Our Aventura ER is kid-friendly, and we promptly treat a variety of conditions in children and adults.

As a state-designated Level II Trauma Center, our facility is equipped with the tools and medical providers needed to offer life-saving trauma services.

If you think you may be experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

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.

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

Level II Trauma Center

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The Florida Department of Health has designated Aventura Hospital and Medical Center as a state-designated Level II Trauma Center. The approval of a trauma center provides a needed access point for trauma care in northern Miami-Dade County that will facilitate life-saving trauma services for its residents and visitors.

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is part of Florida’s first statewide network of trauma centers, developed as an affiliation between the University of South Florida (USF) and HCA Healthcare to improve access and outcomes of injured patients.

Primary Stroke Center

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center was the first facility in Miami-Dade County to receive the certification of Primary Stroke Center from The Joint Commission.

In 2011, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center was certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the State Agency for Health Care Administration. We are one of only three centers in Miami-Dade County with this designation, which nationally recognizes our hospital for providing the highest quality stroke treatment.

Chest Pain Center

The Aventura Center for Cardiac and Vascular Medicine offers comprehensive cardiovascular care, earning a national reputation for excellence in the process.

The Chest Pain Center’s protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack.

This allows us to perform more effective treatments and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether or not they are having a coronary event. These observations ensure that patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

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. Aventura Hospital and Medical Center’s ER is open 24/7 to treat all types of emergency medical conditions.

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

If you are unsure if your symptoms require an ER visit, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (888) 256-7692 or learn more about common ER conditions and symptoms.

Faster check-ins, shorter wait times

We are continually advancing the patient check-in process with new technologies, which is why our emergency healthcare delivers you the same level of convenience as leading retailers, airlines and hotels. Our ER kiosk makes the check-in process simple. At the kiosk, patients can enter the reason for their visit, then manually enter their information or scan in their Florida driver’s license. This information automatically puts the patient in the queue for the triage nurse to evaluate and also captures the information for the patient’s medical record.

Our ER wait times

Our focus on enhancing care while improving the emergency care process has dramatically reduced our ER wait times to below national averages. Wait times are updated every 30 minutes and are available on our website and digital screens on roadside billboards throughout the region.