Delaware County News Network article by Steven Moonblatt, MD, Emergency Medicine, Riddle Hospital, notes that, while urgent care centers are ideal for issues like ear infections, stomach ailments, and muscle aches and sprains, you should always head to the emergency department for life-threatening conditions.
Riddle me this: Preparing for a trip to the emergency department
About Riddle Hospital
Riddle Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a not-for-profit, acute-care hospital with 204 inpatient beds and 23 Transitional Care Center beds. Riddle has been nationally recognized by The Joint Commission, the Society of Chest Pain Centers and other health care rating organizations for its high quality patient care. For the fourth year in a row, Riddle has achieved designation from the Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®. Riddle was ranked the 10th best hospital (three-way tie) in the Philadelphia region by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2018–19, and was ranked as high performing in the specialty area of gastroenterology & GI surgery and orthopedics. Riddle Hospital was also ranked as high performing in the following Common Core specialty areas: heart failure, hip replacement and knee replacement. The hospital offers a full range of services including maternity, orthopedic care and cardiovascular care—aided by a dedicated team of health care professionals and advanced technology. Riddle Hospital recently expanded and enhanced its emergency department to better suit the growing needs of the community it serves. Health Center 4, a LEED-Certified Gold building, houses the Rothman Institute, the Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center, a variety of outpatient programs and a state of the art surgical center. The hospital has also achieved Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for excellence in nursing care.