Emergency & Urgent Care
When unexpected things happen, you need immediate, convenient care. We offer both 24/7 emergency and trauma services, as well as urgent care.
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year — our experts are here for you and your family.
We have specialists on call at all times to assist with more serious emergencies, and emergency medical service transportation is always available by calling 911.
Know the Difference: Urgent vs. Emergency
There are differences when it comes to choosing Urgent Care or Emergency Care for your immediate health care needs. Knowing them can save money and provide quicker treatment for your injury or illness.
The following guidelines will help you decide your best treatment options.
When Should You Use Urgent Care?
Urgent Care treatment is best for these types of injuries:
- Head: No loss of consciousness, cuts less than one inch
- Ears: Earaches, infection, foreign object, severe dizziness or drainage
- Eyes: Scrapes, bruises, infections or a sty, objects in the eye, swelling around the eye
- Nose: Infection
- Throat: Sore throat
- Chest: Cough with or without fever, moderate asthma
- Abdomen: Persistent nausea and/or vomiting
- Genital/Urinary: Frequent trips to the bathroom, burning/pain with urination, vaginal/penis discharge, bleeding or discomfort with intercourse
- Back: Minor strains or backache
- Limbs/Skin: Sprains without deformity, shallow or short cuts, stitch removal, puncture wounds to hands or feet, minor scrapes or burns, rash, insect or animal bites
An emergency is a medical problem that could cause death or permanent injury if not treated right away.
Emergencies include these types of injuries or symptoms:
- Head: Injuries resulting in loss of consciousness, headache, dizziness, cuts over one inch in length, confusion/disorientation, vomiting and obvious injury
- Nervous System: Weakness or paralysis, loss of sensation, first seizure or prolonged seizure
- Eyes: Obvious injury or chemical in the eyes, loss of or sudden alteration in vision
- Nose: Severe or uncontrolled nosebleed, foreign object in the nose
- Throat: Difficulty breathing or swallowing, any bleeding
- Chest: Any chest pain or shortness of breath
- Abdomen: Severe pain, serious blunt injury or penetrating injury, rapid bleeding from the rectum
- Genital/Urinary: Severe, sudden or recent onset of belly or pelvis pain, vaginal bleeding during pregnancy
- Limbs/Skin: Injury resulting in deformity, deep or long cuts, facial cut, severe burns or allergic reaction in the mouth or throat affecting breathing or swallowing
Emergency Warning Signs for Children
Emergency warning signs for children are different than those for adults. See a physician immediately if these symptoms occur:
- Breathing trouble
- Severe or ongoing vomiting
- Bloody stools or diarrhea
- Bleeding that doesn't stop after five minutes of direct pressure
- Extreme sleepiness or fussiness, dizziness, confusion or other changes
- Chest or stomach pain or pressure
- A stiff neck with a fever or headache
- Seizure-type activity
You should call an ambulance when:
- You need care right away.
- You have severe bleeding or blood loss.
- You are having difficulty breathing.
- You may have injured your neck or spinal cord.
- You have severe chest pain.
- You have stroke symptoms such as weakness, slurred speech or confusion.