Specialty Care

Emergency Care

When you need emergency care, doctors and care teams in ERs at Ascension sites of care are here - delivering compassionate care 24/7.

About Emergency Care

**If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, go directly to the ER or call 9-1-1.

When you need 24/7 emergency care close to home, we are here for you. Board-certified emergency medicine doctors and care teams in ERs at Ascension sites of care work quickly to listen and understand and treat your needs, delivering compassionate care from the minute you walk in. Our fully staffed ERs are open 24/7, ready when you need care for major or life-threatening illness or injury. But we don’t stop there. Because we are more than emergency care, we connect you to the follow-up care that’s right for you. We have a large network of specialists and a broad range of care options, so you can find a doctor that meets your needs.

You can rest assured that our hospitals and emergency rooms have safeguards to minimize the exposure risks related to coronavirus (COVID-19) for our patients and our care teams.

  • 24/7 emergency care
  • Walk-ins welcome
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions for safety
  • Compassionate doctors who listen to understand
  • Lab and imaging services on site
  • Access to the Ascension network of specialists for follow-up care

Visit an ER at an Ascension location if you experience any of these symptoms:

COVID symptoms and symptoms requiring emergency medical care, including difficulty speaking, confusion, trouble breathing, chest pain, extreme fatigue, blue face and lips or pale coloring, emotional and mental health, sudden numbness or weakness in the arms or legs, drooping of one side of the face.

Urgent but not an emergency?

If your need is not life-threatening, we make it easy for you to get the care you need, when and where you need it. If you can’t talk to your regular doctor, or if you need care more quickly, you can video chat with a doctor 24/7 through Ascension Online Care using your smartphone, tablet or laptop. These visits are as secure and confidential as a face-to-face visit and protected by the same patient policy rules.

Why choose online care?

  • Quick - No driving, parking and no waiting room
  • Convenient - Use your smartphone, tablet or laptop from anywhere
  • Accessible - 24/7 access to provider, available in all 50 states with no insurance required

And if you need to come in person for a visit, know that we have safety precautions in place to help protect you and your family.

Emergency Room (ER) FAQs

When should you go to the emergency room?

If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, go directly to the ER or dial 9-1-1. Signs or symptoms of an acute emergency may include: shortness of breath, chest pain, face drooping or arm weakness, open fractures, severe bleeding, head injury or other major trauma, numbness, loss of consciousness/fainting, or severe abdominal pain.

What is the difference between ER and urgent care?

When you need care more immediately and your regular doctor isn’t available, you may be trying to decide between urgent care or an emergency room. For life-threatening emergencies and serious illness or injury, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, open fractures or severe bleeding, go to an emergency room. When you need care for minor illness or injury, such as allergies, fevers, cuts without severe bleeding that may need stitches or a severe sore throat, and your doctor isn’t available, seek urgent care. If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, go directly to the ER or dial 9-1-1. Don’t delay getting the care you need.

What are the benefits of visiting a hospital ER?

ERs at Ascension hospitals offer compassionate, high-quality care, including onsite lab and imaging and treatment for major or life-threatening illness or injury. Because we’re more than emergency care, when receiving emergency care at the ERs within our hospitals we can connect you to our network of specialists for follow-up care.

Are emergency rooms able to perform lab testing and imaging onsite?

ERs at Ascension hospitals are ready to provide the care patients need in one place. Lab and imaging are available onsite.

Do emergency rooms connect you to a specialist for follow-up appointments?

Because we’re more than emergency care, we connect you to the follow-up care that’s right for you. We have a large network of specialists and a broad range of care options, so you can find a doctor that meets your needs.

What is the wait time for an emergency room?

We have fully staffed emergency rooms to take care of your needs and to help reduce the time from door to doctor.

How often are you seen by ER care staff?

Care teams at ERs located at Ascension hospitals work to quickly understand and treat your health needs. We check in with you frequently and deliver the care that is right for you.

Given concerns around coronavirus (COVID-19), is it safe to visit a hospital ER?

Our commitment is to help keep you and your family safe while you’re receiving care in our ERs, hospitals, doctor’s offices and outpatient centers. We have strong safety precautions in place--such as rearranging waiting rooms, wearing PPE for the safety of our patients and caregivers and performing rigorous procedures to clean and disinfect. Don’t delay getting the care you need at this time.

 

Choose Ascension for Emergency Care