Physicians Premier, your Central Austin ER, is a freestanding emergency room that gives premium 24/7 emergency medical care. We offer emergency services any day of the week and around the clock.
Our emergency room is fully equipped to handle all of your medical emergencies. With a full-service radiology and laboratory services, we can provide you with invaluable information to make the most informed decision about your treatment.
FEATURES / PROCEDURES / QUALITIES
In a typical community, there are three different options for treating medical concerns available to patients:
- Freestanding Emergency Center (FECs)
- Traditional Hospital Emergency Room
- Urgent Care Clinic
While there are some similarities among the three, every healthcare model serves a distinct purpose. Below are some of the top distinctions to keep in mind for your medical treatment.
1. Level of care available
Urgent care facilities offer almost the same services as those available through a primary physician’s office. Some operate beyond the typical business hours but don’t offer 24/7 patient care. Some clinics have a pharmacy on site, but lack all of the medications needed for treating medical emergencies. Urgent care centers are for treating common illnesses and minor injuries.
Freestanding emergency rooms and hospital emergency rooms are both state-licensed healthcare facilities. This means that they should meet certain architectural standards and state requirements for equipment at a much higher level compared to urgent care facilities. Both types of facilities are open 24/7 for the community, and offer advanced imaging and lab services.
FECs also offer trauma care and are legally required to offer the same level of services and care available in a hospital emergency room. Since more than 80 percent of patients do not need hospital admission, a freestanding emergency room is a great option for high-level, convenient care. In addition, freestanding emergency rooms support patients in case a hospital admission is required.
2. Providers present at the facility
Urgent care centers are required to have physician assistants and nurse practitioners on site. In contrast, FECs and hospital emergency rooms are legally required to have board-certified emergency physicians available onsite at all times. When you have a medical emergency and you walk in at a freestanding ER such as Physicians Premier, your Central Austin ER, you are sure to be seen by an emergency-trained and licensed doctor so you get the best medical care that can be provided. Licensed and ER-trained physicians are also available in the traditional hospital emergency room setting, but a higher patient volume means that you need to wait longer to receive treatment in a hospital emergency room.
3. Wait time
Both freestanding emergency rooms and hospital emergency rooms are designed to provide quality immediate medical treatment. Traditional hospital ERs are often overcrowded, and this typically equates to delayed treatment and losing valuable time for patients and their families.
In a freestanding emergency room such as Physicians Premier, we don’t see patients in the traditional way like in an urgent care clinic, a physician’s office, or a hospital emergency room. There is no need for an appointment, and we are open 24 hours a day to handle all of your family’s emergency medical needs.
Here’s why our Central Austin ER is a cut above hospital emergency rooms and urgent care centers.
|Features/Procedures|| Physicians Premier||Hospital ER||Urgent Care Clinic|
|Treats lacerations, sprains, bruises, etc|| Yes|| Yes|| Yes|
|Treats chest pain/heart attack|| Yes|| Yes|| No|
|Treats abdominal pain|| Yes|| Yes|| No|
|Treats respiratory distress|| Yes|| Yes|| No|
|CT scanners and digital X-rays for head injuries, chest pain, broken bones, etc|| Yes|| Yes|| No|
|EKG and cardiac enzyme analysis|| Yes|| Yes|| No|
|Ultrasound|| Yes|| Yes|| No|
|Cardiac onsite lab tests|| Yes|| Yes|| No|
|Transfer arrangements with nearby hospital if needed|| Yes|| Yes|| No|
|Streamlined billing|| Yes|| No|| No|
|Drastically reduced wait time|| Yes|| No|| No|
|Immediate access to board-certified physicians|| Yes|| No|| No|
|Fully certified Laboratory for quick results/diagnosis|| Yes|| No|| No|
|Easy and convenient billing|| Yes|| No|| No|
At Physicians Premier, your Central Austin ER, we aim to provide all kinds of patients with immediate, high-quality emergency care. When you come through our doors, expect to be greeted by a caring staff and be seen by a board-certified emergency room physician who are ready to provide you with first class, time-sensitive care.
Visit us at 5525 Burnet Rd., Suite A, Austin, Texas.