Emergency or Urgent Care?

Our board-certified emergency medical specialists bring medical expertise and compassionate care to patients who have immediate medical concerns.

Emergency Room or Urgent Care? How to Decide.

Highly-trained Emergency Department specialists provide the care you need and have the tools and expertise to get to the bottom of your concerns. Complete diagnostic and treatment options onsite make comprehensive care convenient too.

Let’s use extreme back pain as an example. In many such cases, going directly to the emergency room will:

  • Bypass your having to transfer to a hospital from an urgent care center
  • Allow for occasionally-needed advanced diagnostic testing, such as an MRI, to be done onsite
  • Provide access to a range of specialists who will develop a comprehensive treatment plan
  • Allow for coordinated care with your primary care physician
  • Allow for an emergency medicine specialist to provide advanced evaluation to help better determine the causes of the back pain

If you or a loved one experience any of these symptoms, seek care at an emergency room right away:

  • Persistent chest pain, especially if accompanied by sweating, vomiting or shortness of breath
  • Difficulty speaking, altered mental status or confusion
  • Weakness or paralysis
  • Severe heart palpitations
  • Sudden, severe headache
  • Sudden testicular pain and/or swelling
  • Newborn baby with a fever
  • Loss of vision
  • Head and eye injuries
  • Broken bones or dislocated joints
  • Deep cuts that require stitches
  • Head or eye injuries
  • Severe flu or cold symptoms
  • Bleeding that won’t stop or a large open wound
  • Serious burns
  • Seizures without a previous diagnosis of epilepsy