Access to Care. It’s a buzz-phrase that’s been tossed about for years, but certainly not more prominently so, than throughout this past decade and most notably, over the past six years. It’s a phrase which often creates controversy and raises the ire of both those on the left and the right, politically speaking, for various reasons. With the passing of The Affordable Care Act, whether or not you agree with the legitimacy of the Affordable aspect of its title, a spotlight has once again been thrust upon the topic of Access to Care. Whether you believe Access to Care, to be a basic human right, versus simply a privilege extended as a gift of American citizenship, across the board, the average American’s access to medical care is growing. I believe the expansion of that access, represents the greatest medical innovation for the masses, that we’ll see coming down the pike for a long, long time. Today, as Americans, we have more options, as well as choices than ever before, when it comes to seeking medical care…
24/7 Operation: Freestanding emergency rooms are open 24/7/365, just like hospital ERs.
ER Doctors: You can expect to be seen by an ER doctor if you go to a freestanding ER. These doctors typically have done full residencies in Emergency Medicine and are Board Certified in Emergency Medicine (A.B.E.M.). ER doctors are trained to deal with pediatric and adult emergencies, through experience in both areas during their residencies. The doctors at freestanding emergency centers typically hold staffing privileges in the emergency departments of local hospitals.
The beginning of a New Year is typically accompanied with New Year’s resolutions. After holiday indulgences, many feel that it is a logical time to not only make lifestyle changes that will improve their physical health, but also their emotional and spiritual health. It is estimated that 40 percent of people make a resolution for the New Year. These ambitious people usually do not succeed. A study published in 2007 followed 3,000 people and determined that 88 percent failed to follow through. The Journal of Clinical Psychology published an article in 2012 that revealed similar poor results. After one week, 25 percent of people who had made resolutions…
Accident Prone? Ways to avoid the ER this holiday season. – Special contribution by Austin Emergency Center.
“Hey, let’s go to Aunt Ruth’s house lunch. The whole family will be there!” This is the way things go every Christmas. Jill shows up with her six kids, between three and 10 years of age. I’ll bring my toddler, and all the sisters bring their kids as well. We celebrate like the big family we were. There’s only one problem—all of the children are different ages. We adults have our hands full with cooking. And no one is paying attention to the kids! The Christmas tree is covered in interesting lights and decorations, while all kinds of toys lay strewn on the ground. So forget about this toy or that toy being only for children over the age of three. The 6-year-old is going to open up the Legos Mars Rover toy and the 2-year-old is going to put it in their mouth! So, what do you do?
“They are basically emergency rooms that have been scooped out of the hospital setting, and put in a strip mall, or wherever else,” said Okemefuna Okpara, M.D., co-owner and practicing physician at AEC.
Your child falls off his mattress, cutting open his head as he impersonates one little monkey jumping on the bed. Your daughter unexpectedly comes down with a 100-plus fever late one night. Is it an emergency? Should you go to an urgent care clinic? Is it something a primary doctor can look at? How do you know? These questions not only consume a parent’s mind when an accident occurs, but also anybody who becomes injured or is struck with illness.
Freestanding ERs are open 24/7 and are equipped with doctors who are board certified, such as those in emergency medicine, according to Austin Emergency Center. Freestanding ERs can treat injuries and illnesses such as pediatric fevers, broken bones, kidney stones, heart attacks, strokes and lacerations.
Austin Emergency Center hosted an Open House to celebrate the grand opening of its new facility. Austin Chamber of Commerce performed a ribbon cutting ceremony, article from The Wall Street Journal Professional.
Austin Emergency Center Editorial on FECs in the Health and Fitness Supplement of the Jewish Outlook community paper (Far West and Northwest Hills area)