URGENT CARE or ER- which is which?
If you are experiencing a life-threatening event please call 911 or travel to the closest ER
You may also find the locations and phone numbers for all our urgent care locations HERE.
When to use an Urgent Care and When to go to the Emergency Department.
Our Urgent Cares are a convenient and caring alternative when you have a sudden injury or illness. An urgent health concern can be any type of illness or injury that needs to be addressed immediately and cannot wait for a regular medical appointment, but is non-life threatening.
Emergency care denotes any life-threatening, unexpected illnesses or injuries, such as acute chest pain, severe shortness of breath, severe and uncontrollable bleeding, stroke symptoms and severe pain. These types of medical conditions need to be evaluated in our Emergency Department.
The Urgent Care can supplement medical care from your primary care physician as well as provide a quicker, less expensive alternative to an emergency Department visit for minor acute injuries and illnesses. Our Urgent Care Centers commonly treats conditions like:
- General adult and pediatric episodic illnesses including sore throats, earaches, bronchitis, colds, flu, and upset stomach
- Sprain, strains, and fracture care
- Lacerations and burns
- Simple foreign body removal from the eye, ear nose and skin
- Physicals for school, sports, camp, work, and DOT
- Assist in establishing a Primary Care Physician
The Emergency Department and Urgent Care Centers are staffed according to expected volume. When the Urgent Care Center closes, that is when the Emergency Department experiences an influx of patients, which in turn may cause the wait time to increase for patients.
The Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day.