Edit Module
Edit Module
Edit Module
Edit Module

How Long Can You Expect to Wait at the Emergency Room?

A quick analysis of wait times at Cook County’s 10 busiest ERs

An injured worker in the waiting room at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital   Photo: E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune

Wonder why emergency room wait times seem longer than ever? You can point a fractured finger at the Affordable Care Act, for one: 75 percent of ER docs say they’re seeing more patients post-ACA, according to a recent survey by the American College of Emergency Physicians. The upshot? Bring a book.

Hospital Average time before
seeing a doctor or nurse
Average time before
outpatients are sent home
ER visits
=10,000
Ingalls Memorial Hospital
Harvey
11 minutes
 
2 hours, 12 minutes
 
103,390
 
Northwest Community Hospital
Arlington Heights
20 minutes
 
2 hours, 50 minutes
 
69,296
 
MacNeal Hospital
Berwyn
22 minutes
 
2 hours, 7 minutes
 
63,700
 
National Average 28 minutes
 
2 hours, 22 minutes
 
 — 
 
Illinois Average 31 minutes
 
2 hours, 28 minutes
 
 — 
 
Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center
Ukrainian Village
37 minutes
 
2 hours, 46 minutes
 
63,762
 
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Streeterville
38 minutes
 
3 hours, 51 minutes
 
82,764
 
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Park Ridge
41 minutes
 
3 hours
 
63,5481
 
University of Chicago Medical Center
Hyde Park
54 minutes
 
4 hours, 14 minutes
 
72,547
 
Rush University Medical Center
Near West Side
1 hour, 5 minutes
 
3 hours, 54 minutes
 
64,1492
 
Advocate Christ Medical Center
Oak Lawn
1 hour, 13 minutes
 
3 hours, 22 minutes
 
94,7713
 
John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County
Near West Side
1 hour, 46 minutes
 
4 hours, 9 minutes
 
114,001⁴
 
1. Fastest to admit inpatients: 4 hours, 9 minutes 2. 4.36 percent give up and leave 3. Quickest with pain meds for broken bones: 16 minutes 4. Slowest to admit inpatients: 8 hours, 8 minutes
Note: Data are from 2014, the most recent year available. Source: Illinois Department of Public Health

Share

Edit Module

Advertisement

Edit Module
Submit your comment

Comments are moderated. We review them in an effort to remove foul language, commercial messages, abuse, and irrelevancies.

Edit Module