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Emergency Department

The Vanderbilt Emergency Department offers 24/7 care to thousands of patients each year. We are Nashville's only academic medical center with a Level 1 Trauma Center, Burn Center, Stroke Center and LifeFlight service. We also offer emergency behavioral healthcare through our Psychiatric Assessment Service.

Conditions We Treat

For non-life-threatening conditions (e.g., fever, flu-like symptoms, diarrhea, vomiting, sore throat, painful urination, rashes, and common sprains and strains), visit one of our walk-in clinics nearest you. 

Our Emergency Department offers the highest level of care for serious and potentially life-threatening conditions, including:

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    Broken bones or dislocated joints
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    Chest pain
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    Deep cuts or bleeding that won't stop
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    Head injuries
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    High fevers or fevers with rash
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    Loss of vision
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    Loss of balance or fainting
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    Seizures without a previous diagnosis of epilepsy

Meet Your Care Team

Warne Fitch
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Warne FitchMD

    Adolescent Sports Medicine, Adult Orthopaedics, Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine
Lawrence B. Stack

Lawrence B. StackMD

    Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Matthew S. Swarm

Matthew S. SwarmMD

    Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Why Choose Emergency Department at Vanderbilt

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    Knowledge and experience in trauma care

    We are the only adult and pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center in Middle Tennessee, offering the most advanced emergency care available. Our expert care can make the difference between life and death. In fact, trauma patients who come to our center alive have a 95% chance of survival.

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    Coordinated care for STEMI

    Vanderbilt founded the STEMI Network to improve care for patients who have a type of heart attack called ST-segments Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI). Through this network, Vanderbilt coordinates the efforts of emergency medical services, emergency departments and cardiology teams across rural Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky. This ensures that these patients get the timely care they need to reduce heart damage.

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    Comprehensive care

    Our Comprehensive Stroke Center earns the highest level of distinction for stroke care. And our emergency department is also an Accredited Chest Pain Center. We use advanced methods to evaluate and treat heart attacks and other heart problems.

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    Specialized burn care

    The Vanderbilt Burn Center is a Level 1 unit, offering the highest level of burn care for adults and pediatric patients possible. Our team is solely dedicated to meeting the complex physical, medical and emotional needs of burn treatment and recovery.

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    Seamless care

    Our emergency department team works with each other, as well as with experts in other medical disciplines, to ensure a smooth path forward for patients who need hospital admission for further care.

Treatments, Tests and Services

We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:

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    Burn care
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    Stroke care
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    Trauma care


1211 Medical Center Drive
Nashville, TN 37232

Support Resources

The Vanderbilt Trauma Survivors Network offers resources and programs for trauma survivors, their families and friends to support one another after a traumatic event.