Difference Between Emergency Room and Urgent Care

Difference Between Emergency Room and Urgent Care

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It can be difficult to know what to do when you sustain an injury or develop significant symptoms of an illness when your regular medical clinic is closed. You may head to the Emergency Department at Western Maryland Health System (WMHS) in this situation because you feel like you can’t wait for treatment until you can see your regular doctor. After all, it could be Friday night and your clinic won’t be open again until Monday morning. You might dread going because your insurance charges a high copay and you know there is often a long wait for service.

While visiting the WMHS Emergency Department might truly be the only option for some types of illnesses and injuries, others are better suited for our Urgent Care Centers located in Frostburg, Maryland; Cumberland, Maryland or McHenry, Maryland. Each center is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. to provide care when you cannot get in for an appointment with your regular provider.
Conditions Treated at Urgent Care vs. a Hospital Emergency Room

Generally speaking, urgent care is the better choice when you or a family member has a minor injury or symptoms of an illness that are not life-threatening.
When to go to Urgent Care:

Abdominal pain
Animal or insect bites
Back pain if it’s mild to moderate
Breathing difficulty, including mild to moderate asthma
Broken bones or sprains
Cuts that may require stitches
Diarrhea or vomiting
Ear infection
Fever or flu
Urinary tract infection

Illness symptoms and injuries that are more appropriate for the emergency room include:

Intestinal bleeding
Patient is unconscious
Rash or high fever, especially if the patient is a child
Recurring vomiting
Severe abdominal pain
Severe allergic reactions
Severe chest pain
Severe eye injury
Severe head injury
Shortness of breath or wheezing
Sudden paralysis
Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy

If you don’t see your condition on this list or you still feel uncertain about where you should seek care, you are welcome to call the WMHS Emergency Department for further guidance at 240-964-1300.
Statistics on Emergency Room Visits

According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 136.9 million Americans visit a hospital emergency department each year. That is nearly 44 percent of the population. Only nine percent of these visits result in a hospital admission. This gives weight to the belief that a large percentage of emergency department visits are avoidable if the patient has.....more: click for details

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Posted By: UPMC Western Maryland

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Date: September 28, 2020

This event also occurs on 10/12/2020, 10/26/2020

UPMC Western Maryland
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Cumberland MD 21502

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In 2018, WMHS and UPMC joined together in a clinical affiliation to work cooperatively to enhance healthcare services and to strengthen the delivery of quality care, transform care delivery and reduce the total cost of providing care in the community. In March 2019, the Boards of Directors of both WMHS and UPMC signed a non-binding letter of intent to negotiate an affiliation agreement. Following a nine-month regulatory review and due diligence process by WMHS and UPMC, the Boards co-signed a binding integration and affiliation agreement on January 15, 2020, setting February 1, as the target date for finalizing the affiliation.

“Throughout our research and discussions with UPMC, we became increasingly confident and excited about becoming part of a world-class academic medical center which shares our vision for providing quality patient care,” said Rolf Haarstad, chair of the WMHS Board of Directors. “Our mutual mission is to continue to bring cutting-edge, evidence-based medicine to patients close to home.”

“UPMC has a long, successful track record of affiliations with like-minded hospitals. We know how much this hospital means to the region, and we are thrilled that WMHS has chosen to join UPMC,” said Leslie C. Davis, senior vice president, UPMC, and executive vice president and chief operating officer, UPMC Health Services Division.

UPMC has committed to make certain capital investments to enhance services and upgrade facilities in the Western Maryland region. These investments by UPMC, along with investments that the WMHS Foundation has made and continues to make, will help ensure that UPMC Western Maryland will continue to provide state-of-the-art, quality healthcare for residents as well as maintaining its position as one of the largest employers in the region for years to come.

The new affiliation does not affect patients’ insurance coverage. UPMC Western Maryland will continue to honor the contracts it has in place with regional and national insurers and has reaffirmed its commitment to continue working with multiple payors in the future.

The board of UPMC Western Maryland consists of 12 directors, including 8 appointed by the current WMHS board and 4 designated by the UPMC board.

About UPMC
A $20 billion health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates 89,000 employees, 40 hospitals, 700 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a nearly 3.6 million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical insurer in western Pennsylvania. In the most recent fiscal year, UPMC contributed $1.2 billion in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution, and paid $587 million in federal, state and local taxes. Working in close collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC shares its clinical, managerial and technological skills worldwide through its innovation and commercialization arm, UPMC Enterprises, and through UPMC International. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside on its annual Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals and ranks UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on its Honor Roll of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. For more information, go to UPMC.com.

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