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Emergency Services


Emergency Services

Augusta University’s Emergency Department (ED) specializes in emergency care for all traumatic injuries and medical illnesses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

If you are having an emergency call 911.

1120 15th Street
Augusta, GA 30912

  • Emergency Services


The Emergency Department at Augusta University Health provides the highest level of emergency care for the Augusta, Georgia area and the surrounding 13 counties. We are the go-to hospital for emergency and critical care, providing every level of treatment to our patients with:

While we specialize in treating critically ill and injured patients, we also treat patients with any kind of urgent or emergent condition.

You never know when you’ll need to make a trip to the ED, but you can be confident that Augusta University’s Emergency Department will provide you with the excellent care you expect, ensuring the best possible outcomes no matter what brings you to us. We strive to be the "best part of your worst day". 

No other hospital in the area can offer patients the comprehensive emergency care we are able to provide.

  • Emergency expertise: All of our physicians are specifically trained in Emergency Medicine. Board-certified emergency physicians work with trained emergency nurses to provide all types of urgent and emergency care. 
  • Critical care transport: We do real time conferencing with emergency medical services (EMS) and are often involved with your care before your arrival to our ED. Critically ill patients arrive to our ED via ground and air transport. 
  • Fast Track: While our ED specializes in taking care of emergencies, we are well-equipped to address non-urgent patient needs as well. Our dedicated Fast Track area allows us to more efficiently treat patients seeking non-emergency care.
  • Telehealth: Augusta University is the only hospital in the area providing extensive Telehealth programs. For less urgent medical problems, you can be evaluated virtually by our ED providers via our online Direct to Consumer (D2C) platform. We also provide numerous rural hospitals, within the state of Georgia, the ability to tap into the expertise of our emergency physicians through real time Telehealth support.

We are recognized for our commitment to patient care. Our accreditations let patients know that they can trust us with providing the complex care they need. We offer:

A Comprehensive Stroke Center

Emergency physicians are able to rapidly assess and diagnosis stroke, working closely with Neurologists and Interventionalists to provide immediate access to advanced therapies including thrombolytics and catheter-based treatment.

Our Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center is accredited by The Joint Commission, providing stroke patients with the highest quality of care available in the area.

A Chest Pain Center

Emergency physicians can quickly assess and diagnose heart attacks. We work closely with cardiologists to provide rapid diagnosis and treatment, including immediate access to catheter-based therapy such as angioplasty.

We are fully equipped to receive all cardiac patients for treatment at Augusta University Medical Center. We were the first hospital in the region to receive national accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with PCI and Resuscitation by the American College of Cardiology.

The Highest Level Trauma Center

We care for more than 1,500 trauma patients each year. Emergency Department physicians work closely with the trauma team and other surgical specialists, to provide sophisticated resuscitation and definitive care to patients. Augusta University Health has the only American College of Surgeons verified Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center in the region.

Augusta University Health’s Emergency Department provides advanced care not available at any other local hospital. We use advanced techniques and technology including:

  • Emergency Bedside Ultrasound: We are one of the national leaders in Emergency Ultrasound. This advanced technology is used in all aspects of emergency care.  Ultrasound use decreases complications associated with medical procedures, guides resuscitation of critically ill and injured patients, and improves overall efficiency in the ED.
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO): We have access to technologies not available at any other area hospitals including Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO). EMCO is a heart/lung bypass machine that can add oxygen to the blood and help pump oxygenated blood through a patient’s body.  ECMO can be lifesaving in certain critical care situations. 

Did You Know

When it comes to emergency training and care, Augusta University’s ED provides our local community with outstanding programs and services. We are unique in that we provide:

  • Emergency Medicine training: As a major teaching hospital, we are actively involved in training the next generation of Emergency Medicine physicians and leaders. We accept 14 Emergency Medicine residents per year, approximately half of which are civilians and half of which are military. Of note - we are the only civilian hospital in the U.S. training active Army physicians in Emergency Medicine.
  • Emergency Medicine Critical Care training: This two-year training program working with our anesthesia critical care colleagues provides additional education to the Emergency Medicine Physician on the management of complex critical care patients.
  • Emergency Medical Service (EMS) training: Your local paramedics and prehospital care providers are trained by our department. Our physicians also provide medical direction to the majority of ambulance services serving the greater Augusta area.
  • Event medicine: Augusta University Health provides medical support for local events including Golf Tournaments, Augusta Southern Nationals drag boat racing, Ironman 70.3 Augusta triathlon, among others.

Our Providers

Augusta University Medical Center specialists provide care and support throughout your entire healthcare journey.

Coule, Lynne W., MD

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Lopez, Mark Daniel, MD

Emergency Medicine

Beres, Michael, MD

Emergency Medicine

Wambsgans, Sal J., MD

Emergency Medicine

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