Emergencies Don't Wait.
Neither Should You.



Mary Washington Healthcare Emergency Services

In this time of uncertainty, you can be assured your health and safety is our priority.

With three locations in Fredericksburg, Stafford and Spotsylvania, the Emergency Department (ED) teams at Mary Washington Healthcare are here for you 24/7, year-round. Our board-certified emergency physicians and emergency-trained staff are ready to intervene, treat, and advise you in the safest and timeliest way. Chest pain, stroke symptoms or abdominal pain can cause serious complications if not treated. To prevent damaging impacts to your health, we urge you to have any concerning medical symptoms evaluated, and our ED medical teams are ready to help.

If you are uncertain about your symptoms, you can call the MWHC Nurse Line at 540.741.3737 for help determining your next best action. If you are experiencing life threatening symptoms, dial 911 immediately.

Click here for information about our COVID-19 preparedness in all of our medical facilities.


"It's very concerning to me. It breaks my heart to think that people aren't coming to the emergency room to get care because they're scared. We don't want to see anyone suffer. That's why we're here to take care of them so they don't have to worry at home." Jodie McMillen, MSN, RN, Director, Emergency Services, Mary Washington Hospital



  • Signs & Symptoms of a Heart Attack

    Symptoms of a heart attack vary from each person and range from mild to severe.

    If you suspect yourself or a loved one is experiencing signs of a heart attack call 9-1-1 immediately.
    • Anxiety or sense of doom
    • Cardiac arrest
    • Chest discomfort or pain
    • Heart palpitations (rapid heart beating or interrupted heartbeat)
    • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
    • Stomach pain, heartburn or indigestion
    • Sweating profusely
    • Vomiting

    For more information, visit Heart.mwhc.com.

  • Signs & Symptoms of a Stroke

    Act “FAST” and call 9-1-1 immediately at any sign of a stroke:
    • Face – Drooping on one side of the face
    • Arms – One arm may drift down while being held up
    • Speech – Slurred or strange speech
    • Time – If you observe any of these signs call 9-1-1 immediately

    Sudden symptoms in both men and women:
    • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body
    • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
    • Sudden trouble seeing, in one or both eyes
    • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
    • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

    For more information, visit Stroke.mwhc.com

  • Abdominal Symptoms Needing Emergency Care

    Sudden and or severe abdominal symptoms should not be ignored. If you experience any of the following, we strongly recommend you be evaluated by our emergency department:
    • Belly pain
    • Nausea and vomiting that can’t be stopped
    • Sudden pain on the right side of the lower abdomen
    • Diarrhea that can’t be stopped

  • Injuries & Symptoms Needing Emergency Care

    While stroke and heart attack top the list of most common medical emergencies, we strongly recommend that you or your loved one visit the emergency department or call 9-1-1 for any of the following:
    • Accidental poisoning
    • Allergic reactions
    • Belly pain
    • Broken bones (especially if they are pushing through the skin)
    • Burns (with blisters or white areas over a large area)
    • Cardiac arrest
    • Chest pain
    • Confusion (marked changes in mental status)
    • Deep wounds
    • Dizziness
    • Electrical shock
    • Headache
    • Injuries following a motor vehicle crash or fall from a height
    • Major trauma/injuries
    • Palpitations (rapid heart beating or interrupted heartbeat)
    • Passing out (or fainting)
    • Seizures
    • Serious head injury (with vomiting, loss of consciousness and/or changes in normal behavior)
    • Severe difficulty breathing/respiratory distress
    • Severe pain
    • Severe shortness of breath or trouble breathing
    • Severe vomiting or diarrhea that can’t be stopped
    • Slurred speech
    • Stroke symptoms (F.A.S.T.)
    • Sudden weakness on one side of the body
    • Uncontrolled bleeding

    For more information on trauma services at Mary Washington Healthcare, visit Trauma.mwhc.com.

We want you, your family, and friends to be cared for in the safest and timeliest way.

In this time of uncertainty and fear, Mary Washington Healthcare (MWHC) is concerned for those who may be avoiding coming to the emergency department for treatment. In this video, MWHC Emergency Services leaders and associates share the importance of having symptoms evaluated by medical professionals. With three emergency departments in Fredericksburg, Stafford, & Lee’s Hill in Spotsylvania, including a Level II Trauma Center at Mary Washington Hospital, we are prepared for any and all emergencies, 24/7, year round.

Taking all necessary COVID-19 precautions for your safety, we want you to come see us if you or a loved one have any undiagnosed symptoms. Putting off treatment can cause serious complications and have long term, negative effects on your health. Call our MWHC Nurse Line at 540.741.3737 to discuss your concerns and your next best action. In case of an emergency, call 911.


Mary Washington Hospital Emergency Department
& Level II Trauma Center

1001 Sam Perry Blvd.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540.741.1100

Stafford Hospital Emergency Department

101 Hospital Center Blvd.
Stafford, VA 22554
540.741.9000

Emergency Department at Lee's Hill

10401 Spotsylvania Ave, Suite 103
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
540.741.0555



King George

11131 Journal Parkway, Suite A
King George, VA 22485
540.741.MWUC (6982)

South Stafford (Rt. 17)

10 Stafford Lakes Parkway, Suite 102
Fredericksburg, VA 22406
540.741.MWUC (6982)