Info and Directions

420 N. Center St.
Hickory, NC 28601

Phone: (828) 315-5000
Fax: (828) 315-5656
Open 24 hours

If you have a medical emergency, call 9-1-1

Frye Regional Emergency Room

The Emergency Room (ER) at Frye Regional Medical Center is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for all medical emergencies. Our ER provides the 40,000 patients we treat annually with:

  • 11 board-certified emergency medicine physicians, 32 patient rooms and 3 nurses’ stations.
  • Treatment of major and minor injuries and illnesses, including Express Care treatment.
  • High quality standards for treatment of chest pain and stroke.
  • Sexual assault nurse examiners specially trained to provide compassionate care and collect forensic evidence.
  • Behavioral health treatment and referral, including suicide threat and alcohol detox.

What to expect in the ER
What is Express Care?
About Behavioral Health ER referrals

ER or Urgent Care?

If you need care for minor, non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries when your primary care doctor’s office is closed, you might save hundreds of dollars and a trip to the ER by heading instead to an Urgent Care. Our facility in nearby Conover, for example, is open 7 days a week, including holidays.

Urgent Care or Emergency Room: How to Decide

ER Patient with Two Nurses

Signs of a medical emergency

Some of the most common life-threatening emergencies are heart attack and stroke. Frye’s quality emergency care has been recognized for:

  • Accredited Chest Pain Center
  • American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline STEMI (Heart Attack) Receiving Facility
  • Certified Primary Stroke Center

Stroke symptoms
Heart attack symptoms
Sports injury and concussion symptoms

Paying for care

Learn about paying for your care at Frye Regional Medical Center, including insurance coverage, understanding your bill and financial assistance. Visit Understanding Billing and Charges for answers to frequently asked questions, to see a list of charges, and more.