Emergency Services at Rhode Island Hospital

Our Team at the Andrew F. Anderson Emergency Center

Caring for you

As a patient in the Andrew F. Anderson Emergency Center, you will be cared for by a team of emergency medical staff including:

  • An attending emergency physician who has overall responsibility for your care. Most of our attending physicians have academic appointments in The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

  • A resident physician, or a mid-level provider (nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant) who works under the supervision of an attending physician.

  • A registered nurse who will assess and monitor your condition, give your medications and tell you and your family about any tests and procedures you may need. Each nurse is responsible for several patients and works closely with the emergency physicians.

  • In addition to the rest of our team, you might meet medical students who are in clinical training and may also participate in your care. Your attending physician always directs your medical care and is responsible for supervising the house staff, including medical students.

  • A patient care technician who works with your nurse and physician. Patient care technicians check your vital signs, draw blood, perform EKG's, bring you to testing areas and help make you as comfortable as possible.

  • A social worker or case manager may also see you during your visit to the center. They may help put you in touch with outside agencies for follow-up care.

  • A family assistant/volunteer who will help visitors find you in the center and provide them with directions to other areas of the hospital, if needed.

  • A radiology technician who will conduct tests including  x-ray, ultrasound, and CT scans. You will be diagnosed right in the ED before transfer to a specific unit. 

  • Registration and environmental services personnel will provide helpful assistance to you during your visit to the emergency center.

  • A member of the transport team will move you to different venues within the emergency center and the hospital, as needed.

  • An interpreter is available if English is not your primary language.