Sunday, April 11, 2021

In an Emergency…




As the Market CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System, I know that confusion can exist regarding appropriate action in emergency situations. When a medical emergency occurs, it’s not always easy to think clearly.

Regardless, a health crisis means you need to act quickly, and understanding more about your choices ahead of time will help if you or a loved one need immediate care.

Common reasons for seeking emergency care are chest pain, cardio and pulmonary issues, stroke, serious injuries (broken bones, deep lacerations), flu and viral conditions, and stomach and gastro disorders. Our Emergency Room also treats bumps, bruises, and less-serious conditions that still require immediate care.

When patients experience a medical emergency, nothing is more important than having trust in those who will care for them, and feeling secure in their surroundings. Call 911



The 911 emergency number is for true emergencies. The Florida Statutes define “Emergency medical condition” as a medical condition manifesting itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity, which may include severe pain, such that the absence of immediate medical attention could reasonably be expected to result in any of the following: (a) Serious jeopardy to patient health. (b) Serious impairment to bodily functions. (c) Serious dysfunction of any bodily organ or part.

An emergency threatens a person’s life, limbs, or sense organs. Some examples include heart attacks, strokes, traumatic injuries, breathing problems, broken bones, head and neck injuries, cuts with severe bleeding, and eye injuries.

You should also call 911 if driving (or being driven) to the hospital is not a viable option. This is especially true if the medical condition is growing worse.

When a Marco resident dials 911, Marco Island Fire-Rescue will respond, and an ambulance and/or fire truck with trained emergency medical service personnel will immediately be dispatched to your location.

Those north of Marco can take comfort in the proven expertise of the men and women of Collier County Emergency Medical Services.

Enough cannot be said about the dedication and compassionate nature of those who remain on-call 365/24/7 to respond to our medical emergencies. As a potential patient, I very thankful that these exceptional emergency medical teams are here for all of us. Go Directly to the Emergency Room

If you or someone else needs immediate attention and a primary care doctor isn’t readily available, then emergency care may be the best choice. Remember that emergency care is not provided on a firstcome, first-served basis. Patients in the emergency room are treated according to the severity of their condition.

All patients entering our Collier Boulevard or Pine Ridge Emergency Rooms are treated by doctors who are board certified and fellowship trained specifically in emergency medicine. The benefit to the patient is the knowledge that our ER physicians have the education and experience necessary to respond incisively in all emergency situations.

Should you have a question about ER wait times, visit for information on projected wait times at our Collier Boulevard and Pine Edge Emergency Rooms. The time provided is approximate and updated four times an hour. Though it does not represent the actual current activity in the ER waiting room, this information may be helpful in your decision-making process.

Both of our hospitals feature the ER30 Pledge—our pledge to you that we will do our best to have you seen by a physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner within 30 minutes of your check-in time. Go to Physicians Regional-Marco Island

Those living within close proximity of Marco Island have a unique additional option—the Physicians Regional Walk- In Clinic at 1839 San Marco Road. The facility is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM and is located on the corner of San Marco and Barfield on Marco Island.

For many of you, our Walk-In Clinic may be your most convenient medical alternative; however, just like your doctor’s office, the clinic is for non-life-threatening situations. Call Your Doctor

If you think you need emergency treatment at a hospital, it’s helpful to call your doctor for advice first. Do this only if you have the time, and your doctor—or an oncall physician—is immediately available. Given the option, your trusted primary care physician will want to hear from you.

At Physicians Regional Healthcare System, all of our established patients have 24/7 telephone access to a primarycare physician. If you do not currently have a primary-care physician, please call 239-348-4221 and we will help you the find one to best suit your needs.

However, when in doubt, please call 911. The health and well-being of you, your friends, and your family is our number one priority.

Our first responders are dedicated to making sure you receive treatment (oftentimes life-saving care) as quickly as possible so that you have the best possible outcome. I am so grateful for the talented men and women who are the first to arrive when 911 is called. Thank you for all that you do to care for our residents and visitors when they need it most—during an emergency.

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