St. Joseph Medical Center’s Emergency Room was the first ER built in Houston. Patients who come to the Emergency Department at St. Joseph Medical Center enjoy a number of benefits:
- 64-slice CT scanner inside the ER for fast diagnostic images
- 26 patient rooms
- Large, secure waiting room
- Experienced ER physicians and staff that treat 2500-2800 patients per month
- All nurses certified ACLS, PALS, BLS, TNCC, NIHSS, ESI
- Certified Level III Trauma Center
- Certified Primary Stroke Center
- Telemedicine partnership with UT Neuroscience Department for stroke victims
- Full-scale Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
- Fast door-to-discharge time of less than 2.5 hours
- Translation services
- Multi-space ambulance bay
- Convenient parking
As a part of our continued expansion, St. Joseph Medical Center in The Heights (northwest Houston’s go-to healthcare location) now offers state-of-the-art emergency care facilities.
If you or a loved one needs emergency care in Houston, dial 911 or visit the ER nearest you. Patients in need of immediate care – not experiencing an emergency – should reference this list of local clinics.
What to Expect
- Triage: When you arrive at the St. Joseph Medical Center emergency room, a registered nurse will take your vital signs and record a short medical history. This sorting process helps the emergency care team to analyze and prioritize every single case.
- Registration: After an initial evaluation, a registration clerk will take down your name, address, phone number, the name of your personal physician. You will also be asked to sign a treatment consent form. If one of our private rooms is available, the registration clerk will take this information from your bedside. Otherwise, if experiencing a non-life threatening emergency, you may be asked to wait in the reception area.
- Evaluation: With quick registration complete, a physician will perform a more thorough evaluation. After a physician evaluation, a member of the registration staff will complete your registration process by asking for your insurance information. You may be asked to pay a deductible and/or any co-insurance that may be necessary.
- Treatment: With the full medical evaluation complete, treatment can begin. Depending on your illness or injury, you may receive an IV or be asked for a blood or urine sample. St. Joseph Medical Center has state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, including a 64-slice CT scanner, in the emergency department, which may be used in evaluating your condition. Our team will consult your physician’s orders before beginning the treatment process.
- Admission or Discharge: Most patients are treated and discharged to go home from the ER. If you are admitted to the hospital, you will be transferred to a patient room and we will notify your primary care physician. If you do not have a physician, a physician on our staff will coordinate your care while you’re at the hospital.