Emergency Care

There are over 141 million emergency care visits in the United States every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At hospital emergency rooms, the wait can be long, which is especially difficult if you’re in pain. The Village Emergency Centers medical team, provides compassionate care with a less than 10-minute wait time in a private emergency medical center. The staff handles critical and life-threatening conditions, while still ensuring a patient-centered experience. They’re open 24 hours, seven days a week, and you can rest easy knowing that your health is in good hands at Village Emergency Centers.

Emergency Care Q & A

What is emergency care?

Emergency care is for conditions that are critical, life-threatening, and require immediate medical intervention. The condition should be considered serious, and sufficient medical attention should be a priority.

Emergency care is centered on providing immediate medical care as efficiently as possible, in many cases, to save lives.

What are the most common reasons for emergency care visits?

Here are some reasons people seek emergency care:

Abdominal pain

Pain in the abdomen can range from minor to life-threatening. While pain may be the only symptom, other symptoms that may occur with abdominal pain include diarrhea or constipation, rectal bleeding, heartburn, nausea, and vomiting.

Chest pain

Pressure and pain in the chest is an especially concerning symptom that should be taken seriously, and may indicate a heart attack or lung condition. It’s often recommended that high-risk chest pain patients are medically observed for some time, even after treatment ends and the pain subsides.


A fall can cause a sprain, fracture, or a more serious injury. If you hit your head, or you notice a deformity somewhere in your body, changes in the color of the injured area, or loss of sensation, it’s best to seek medical attention.

Shortness of breath

Allergies, pneumonia, a cardiac event, and other reasons can induce shortness of breath. A rapid medical assessment is necessary to determine the cause of your breathing problems.


While most headaches aren’t serious and go away on their own, some can be excruciatingly painful, lingering, and concerning. In these cases, the focus is to rule out serious conditions, and treat and relieve pain and other symptoms.

What is the difference between an emergency room and urgent care clinic?

An urgent care center treats most of the same things a normal healthcare provider treats, the advantage being that these centers often have extended hours and don’t require an appointment.

Emergency care clinics are equipped to handle life-threatening and critical conditions. For example, if you’re having chest pain, shortness of breath, and are concerned it could be a heart attack, the emergency room is the place to go.

Village Emergency Centers is a freestanding, 24-hour emergency room with the same capacity to treat critical conditions as a hospital-based emergency room. The difference is in the little-to-no wait time, free and easy parking, convenient location, a higher standard of care, and more.

Visit the Village Emergency Centers for quality emergency care. You’ll be in good hands.


Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "I went for difficulty breathing and was seen right away. Even during shift change everyone was very attentive and made sure that I was all right."

    Rosie B.
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    "Best emergency care facility for minor services we needed. The staff is knowledgeable in professional medical care and would recommend this location to my friends."

    Priscilla G.
  • Google+

    "I don't ever want to be in an ER again but if I have to, I will definitely head straight to River Oaks."

    Percy M.
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    "I would recommend this place to anyone with kids! They are the best. Thank you River Oaks staff for taking great care of my little one and alleviating my anxiety."

    Christina S.
  • Google+

    "Definitely the best ER in town. I was here for severe abdominal pain. They saw me within 5 minutes of me signing in."

    Adrianna C.
  • Yelp

    "I visited River Oaks Emergency Center in the middle of the night for medical assistance. The doctor and nurse on duty saw me immediately."

    Kevin N.
  • Google+

    "I'll go back to this place because they care. Thanks folks for taking care of me when I came by."

    David C.
  • Yelp

    "This place actually helped me to start to heal permanently. I would recommend this place to anyone who asked."

    Kelly H.
  • Yelp

    "Quick and easy! All the staff was so nice to my son and myself. Doctor was also very helpful and I felt he was trustworthy right away."

    Nathaly S.
  • Google+

    "This place is amazing! And we were treated like we weren't being rushed. Thanks Katy ER for the great service! Definitely recommend this place!"

    Yishay P.
  • Google+

    "Amazing medical team! I️ had early appendicitis and the nurses and doctor made sure I️ had everything I️ needed and then some."

    Glenda T.
  • Yelp

    "Great staff! Super quick and easy. Clean and comfortable environment. Would recommend to anyone needing a quick doctor visit."

    Mimi C.
  • Yelp

    "Wouldn't think of going to an ER as a pleasant experience but this was the best! The staff was courteous and professional."

    Jessica B.
  • Yelp

    "By far, this is the cleanest medical facility I've ever seen and their waiting room was warm and inviting."

    Kate B.
  • Google+

    "I came here today with what I thought was a fractured wrist. No wait at all when I walked in aside from the normal paperwork. Staff was very friendly."

    Cameron C.
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