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Emergency Medicine

Adult Emergency Department

The Emergency Department at MUSC Health provides around-the-clock readiness, staffed with board-certified emergency physicians and a network of support personnel, ready to respond to any health crisis.

MUSC Health’s emergency facility features state-of-the-art equipment, such as bedside ultrasound and a brand new high-speed CT scanner as well as highly advanced specialists in every field of medicine. Unlike non-teaching facilities, we are able to provide a specialist in virtually any field 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year.

Pediatric Emergency Department

Located next door to MUSC Health’s adult Emergency Department, the Pediatric Emergency Department at MUSC Children’s Hospital is South Carolina's only full-service pediatric emergency room. It is open 24 hours a day and is staffed by physicians specially trained in pediatric emergency medicine and nurses certified in pediatric life support.

Level 1 Trauma Center

MUSC Health has the only nationally recognized trauma center in the Lowcountry. Our Level I trauma center is staffed and equipped to provide multi-disciplinary, coordinated care for adult and pediatric patients with multiple severe injuries. A Level 1 trauma center is able to manage severe shock from bleeding and rapidly assess and treat multiple complex injuries at the same time. Patients are transported to MUSC Health via helicopter and ambulance from throughout the state because of our unique capability to treat patients with the most severe illnesses and injuries.

Comprehensive Stroke Center

MUSC Health is certified by The Joint Commission as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, which means patients brought here have immediate access to lifesaving care and the greatest chance of survival and of recovery. We are the first and only center granted this designation in South Carolina. Evidence shows that Comprehensive Stroke Center hospitals have better patient outcomes. MUSC Health’s dedicated “Brain Attack Team” provides rapid treatment for suspected stroke patients. Combined with unparalleled expertise in both neuroradiology and interventional neuroradiology, we offer the absolute best care available in the Lowcountry for potentially catastrophic brain events.

Certified Chest Pain Center

MUSC Health's Chest Pain Center has been designated as an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the American College of Cardiology. Located at 25 Courtenay Drive in the Ashley River Tower, the Chest Pain Center team at MUSC Health specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndromes and heart failure. As a nationally accredited Chest Pain Center, patients are fast-tracked upon arrival for immediate care, offering the best chances for survival.

MUSC Health also works closely with Charleston County EMS personnel, who can send patient EKG results from the field. This enables MUSC Health physicians and staff to be ready to quickly treat certain types of heart attack patients with angioplasty, the preferred emergency procedure for opening the arteries of those patients. In the case of heart attack patients, time means muscle — so the quicker a patient can receive the appropriate treatment, the better his or her chance of survival.


Adult Emergency Department
96 Jonathan Lucas Street
Charleston, SC  29403

Pediatric Emergency Department
96 Jonathan Lucas Street
Charleston, SC  29403

Chest Pain Center
Ashley River Tower
25 Courtenay Drive
Charleston, SC 29403