It is important to get care for urgent needs. We have taken many steps to keep our emergency departments safe to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here's how we continue to protect you during emergency care:

  • Every patient receives a mask to wear.
  • All staff including EMS and police wear personal protective equipment while caring for all patients.
  • Patients with respiratory symptoms are placed in separate areas away from other patients. Those with suspected COVID-19 will stay in negative pressure rooms that prevent air exchange with the rest of the facility. We also make sure they will not be transported through the emergency room. Resources such as portable chest X-rays help us accomplish this.
  • All rooms are completely sanitized between patient care. UV radiation robot sanitization is used after all COVID-19 patients.
  • Our staff is screened for illness at the start of every shift.

Call 911 for all life-threatening emergencies such as a heart attack or stroke. It is important to be seen immediately. Minutes matter for these situations, so do not delay. Play the video below to learn more from Neurointerventional Specialist Pankajavalli Ramakrishnan, M.D.


Here are signs and symptoms of stroke:

  • B — Balance: Sudden dizziness or loss of balance or coordination.
  • E — Eyes: Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • F — Face: Does the face droop on one side when the person smiles?
  • A — Arm: After raising both arms, does one of the arms drift downward?
  • S — Speech: Does the person have trouble speaking or seem confused?
  • T — Time: If any or all of the above are observed call 911.

Common heart attack symptoms to look for include:

  • Pressure, tightness, pain, or a squeezing or aching sensation in your chest or arms that may spread to your neck, jaw or back
  • Nausea, indigestion, heartburn or abdominal pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweat
  • Fatigue
  • Lightheadedness or sudden dizziness

We have options for urgent situations that are not life-threatening. Our M.D. Express centers offer a variety of services to help treat urgent situations. There are six convenient locations and most are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. There is no appointment necessary. You can be seen at a center near you for common illnesses such as ear/sinus infections, asthma, stomach-ache and injuries such as muscle sprains or burns. Click here to find an M.D. Express near you.