Emergency care

When you or your family faces a medical emergency, you want emergency care you can trust close to home. With numerous ERs across Greater Houston that are open 24/7, HCA Houston Healthcare is here for youHCA Houston ERs prioritize patients by their symptoms and conditions, and patients with life-threatening conditions will be seen first. Our emergency room teams strive to see each patient as quickly as possible, including patients with non-life-threatening conditions, while providing high-quality care.

Our hospitals offer an emergency room within the main hospital, and some campuses offer stand-alone ERs as well.

Specialized emergency services

Our emergency rooms offer experienced emergency medicine physicians, compassionate support staff and advanced technology necessary to provide rapid ER services.

Heart attack and stroke

Chest pain can be a sign of a medical emergency, such as a heart attack. In the case of a heart attack or cardiac arrest, immediate medical attention is critical to prevent long-term damage to the heart and death. Along with our 24/7 ERs, we have chest pain centers throughout the Houston area to provide heart attack victims with the best care.

We also offer the Greater Houston area convenient access to Accredited Stroke Centers for fast, effective stroke care. The emergency rooms (ER) at our Certified Stroke Centers have highly skilled, multidisciplinary teams of cardiologists, neurologists, interventional neuro-radiologists and other specialists who quickly identify stroke symptoms and begin treatment.

Pediatric emergency care

If your child requires special care and monitoring, you can take comfort knowing HCA Houston has a network of pediatric intensive care units (PICUs) across the area.

We understand a pediatric medical emergency can be overwhelming for both you and your child. Our pediatric specialists do everything possible to help your little one feel comfortable during their trip to the ER, whether the visit is for a high fever, a broken bone, or another condition.

Head injuries

Trauma to the head, such as a sports injury, car accident or fall, can cause a head injury. There are a variety of head injuries that may occur as a result of head trauma; however, the severity of each condition varies. Following a head injury, you should be checked out by a doctor to diagnose the injury and make sure it is not life-threatening.

Abdominal pain

The abdomen contains many organs, like the stomach, small intestine, large intestine, gallbladder, liver, kidneys, reproductive organs and pancreas. Many people experience abdominal pain at some point in their lives Although most of the time it is not serious, abdominal pain can be a sign of a medical condition or even a medical emergency.

Visit the ER if you experience any of these symptoms with abdominal pain:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Blood in vomit or stool
  • Pain that extends into the neck, back or chest
  • Pain that is sudden and severe
  • Area around the pain is extremely sensitive/tender
  • You are pregnant, have cancer or have recently had medical trauma