Emergency Department or Urgent Care

October 22, 2018


Joseph Bustamante, DO, FACEP
Chief Medical Officer

When you or a loved one has been injured or is feeling ill and needs professional medical care after hours, you typically have two choices: urgent care or emergency care.

Urgent Care

An urgent care is a same-day clinic that can handle a variety of acute medical problems that need to be treated right away, but are not considered true emergencies. Symptoms that can be evaluated and treated include fever, ear pain, painful urination, persistent diarrhea, sore throat, vomiting, mild asthma, minor burns, rashes and other skin irritations, animal bites, dehydration, lacerations, and nosebleeds.

Emergency Department

An emergency department provides medical care at any time, day or night. However, unlike urgent car locations, they are equipped and staffed for even the most complex or critical needs including life-and limb-threatening situations ranging from chest pain and stroke, to traumatic injuries. Symptoms that are best treated at an emergency department include head injury, significant body trauma, heart attack symptoms, stroke symptoms, sudden vision changes, spinal injuries, uncontrollable bleeding, seizures, drug overdoses, and severe burns.

Primary Care Provider

Unless it is life threatening, your primary care provider should be your first call in determining where you should go for medical care. If you have a Memorial Healthcare MMA provider, your provider will strive to accommodate their established patients who need to be seen on a more urgent basis. A provider who knows your health history, your habits, and your personality can more easily recognize signs that indicate a potential change in your health.

It’s important to trust your instincts. If you intuition tells you it’s serious, don’t hesitate—go to the nearest emergency department.

Memorial Healthcare has three urgent care locations available. Our State Road (Owosso) and Perry urgent care clinics are open Monday through Friday from 6 pm to 9 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm. Our Durand urgent care clinic is open 7 days a week from 11 am to 9 pm. And of course, our Emergency Department in Owosso is open 24/7.