Should the cut on your finger or the pain in your chest send you to the emergency room or an acute care center? It’s difficult to be sure. So we’re making matters easy by providing this clear-cut description of where to go for the care you need.
Life-threatening emergencies, such as a heart attack or serious head injury, require a visit to the emergency department, also called the emergency room (ER). An illness or injury that does not appear to be life threatening but can’t wait until the next day should be treated at an acute care center.
As an acute care center, we provide easy access to quality healthcare for the times when your primary care physician’s office may not be available. At Timothy S. Johnston, M.D. and Associates, our medical expertise and commitment to personalized attention ensure that patients with acute health needs receive the very best care.
In general, an emergency condition is one that can permanently impair or endanger your life. Dial 911 immediately for any medical problem that appears life-threatening. Some examples of conditions that need emergency medical care include:
Acute medical conditions are ones that are not considered emergencies but still require care within 24 hours. Some examples include:
Proper care will be provided at the closest emergency room (ER). Remember, ER visits are necessary for true emergencies, such as chest pain and severe injuries. Minor injuries and illnesses will be examined by our acute care physicians. If greater care is needed, our staff will direct patients to the proper healthcare provider, or, if it is a true emergency, we will transfer patients directly to a hospital emergency room for further treatment.
Timothy S. Johnston, M.D. and Associates
3349 G Street, Suite F
Merced, CA 95340
Phone: (209) 349-8459
Fax: (209) 580-4138
Monday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday CLOSED