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Know Where To Go: A List for the Right Care at the Right Time

Knowing where to go when you’re ill or injured makes a big difference. But it can get confusing. So here’s a breakdown of where to get the right care at the right time.

Primary Care

Your primary care provider is your health care home base and should be your first call for any non-immediate issue.

  • Routine check ups
  • Preventative care and sick visits
  • Treatment for non-urgent, long-term health issues managing high blood pressure or diabetes
  • Prescribes and manages medications
  • Specialist referrals

Features List:
– Focus on health and well-being
– Coordinates with your specialists


If you can’t see your primary care doctor right away, use a MinuteClinic for minor, common ailments or injuries, such as:

  • Minor illnesses, injuries or skin conditions
  • Vaccinations or shots
  • Health screening and monitoring
  • Smoking cessation and weight-loss programs
  • Physicals for sports camps, school, DOT, etc.

Features List:
– Open 7 days a week
– Seen by certified providers
– Sends visit summary to PCP with your permission
– Can prescribe medications
– In-store pharmacies

We partner with MinuteClinic at select Atlanta CVS and Target locations.

Urgent Care

If you need care immediately, urgent care can provide similar services to a MinuteClinic, as well as treatments for non life-threatening illnesses or injuries.

  • Burns
  • Suspected broken bones
  • Cuts requiring stitches
  • Infections, flu and strep throat

Features List:
– IV drips
– Onsite lab services, X-ray & EKG
– Open 7 days a week most of the year
– Staffed with doctors & other care providers
– Can prescribe medications

We partner with Peachtree Immediate Care providers for easy access to care.

Emergency Room

When you have a life-threatening condition, severe pain or injury, go to the emergency room or call 911.

  • Heart attack or stroke
  • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
  • Chest or upper abdominal pain
  • Fainting, dizziness, weakness or lack mobility
  • Changes in vision
  • Confusion or changes in mental status
  • Sudden or severe pain
  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • Broken bones that break through skin
  • Severe or persistent diarrhea or vomiting
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Suicidal or homicidal feelings
  • Poisoning
  • Head or neck injury
  • Suspected concussion

Features List:
– Open 24/7 all year
– Staffed with emergency medicine experts
– Treats most serious and severe conditions

Emory Healthcare

At Emory Healthcare, we’re here to help you find the care you need, when you need it. With more than 2,800 doctors and 300 locations, including 11 hospitals, primary care offices, urgent cares and MinuteClinics, we’re delivering specialized care across the region. Find a doctor near you to schedule your annual screenings and exams.

Know Where to Go

Knowing where to go when you’re ill or injured makes a big difference. But it can get confusing. Know where to go to get right care at the right time. Your pediatrician or primary care doctor knows your medical history best, but the Emory Healthcare Network also includes Peachtree Immediate Care Urgent Care and CVS MinuteClinics, hundreds of primary care locations and 6 ERs throughout metro Atlanta. Get the care you need wherever you need it. See our map to find the locations closest to you.

Talk to Our Nurses

If you’re not sure if a trip to the ER is needed, call your family doctor or the Emory HealthConnection where registered nurses can help you find a location or specialist that’s right for you. Call 404-778-7777 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST (M-F).

Prevent Sunburns & Other Skin Burns this Summer!

Sunburn Skin Burn ProtectionSummer fun and sun means increased risk for sunburns and other burns to the skin which may be caused by heat sources like the backyard grill, July 4th fireworks and outdoor fire places. And did you know that chemicals, such as pool chlorine and household products, can also inflict burns to the skin?

As part of our Emory Johns Creek Hospital “Know When to Go to the ER” series, the below you’ll find an overview of some common types of summertime burns, tips on treating minor burns at home, and warning signs that mean a burn may warrant emergency treatment.

Why Is Sunburn Protection Important?

The skin is the largest organ of the human body and plays a key role in protecting our bodies from infection, regulating our internal temperature, and allowing us to feel sensations. Because of the skin’s important role in our general health and wellness, it’s understandable why it’s important to protect the skin from sunburns. Sunburns cause general discomfort that we’d all like to avoid, but sunburns can also lead to long-term skin damage, accelerated aging of the skin ( including wrinkles, freckles and age spots), and even the development of skin cancer.

Only about 25% of melanomas come from a pre-existing mole, and about 75% of them occur in areas in which there was previously normal looking skin. Once sunburn happens, there are ways to treat the symptoms of the burn, but the damage to the skin has already been done.

Sunburn Prevention

To prevent sunburns and avoid long-term damage to the skin, make sunscreen a part of your daily routine, even on cloudy days. Look for a sunscreen with a minimum SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30, and search for a product that provides coverage against A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Always read the instructions, and re-apply as directed. A good rule of thumb is to reapply at least every two hours, or more frequently if you’ve been swimming or sweating. In addition to sunscreen, try to catch a patch of shade while you’re outdoors and wear hats, shirts or cover-ups to provide additional sun protection.

If you do manage to burn, drink lots of water to rehydrate and apply aloe vera to the affected areas. You can ease the pain with cold compresses or bathe in lukewarm water. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen can also help with the pain and reduce inflammation. Seek medical attention if the skin blisters after a sunburn or appears white when applying pressure to the area, or if the affected area goes numb. These may be signs of a more severe burn.

Summertime Burn Treatment

Similar to sunburns, burns sustained from grills, outdoor fireplaces, fireworks and other heat sources can range from mild and irritating to serious and life-threatening.

Burns are classified in terms of their degree: first, second and third. First-degree burns affect the top-most layer of skin (epidermis) and create redness, swelling and pain, whereas second-degree burns, which penetrate into a deeper layer of the skin (dermis), create pain, redness and swelling, as well as blisters. The skin around second degree burns turns white when pressure is applied to the area. First degree burns are typically dry burns, whereas second degree burns are typically wet. Third-degree burns sear through all layers of the skin into the fat layer and can create permanent nerve and tissue damage. These burns can appear leathery or waxy.

Seek immediate medical attention for major burns, including third-degree burns, second-degree burns larger than three inches in diameter, burns that cover a major joint or completely cover the hands, feet, face or groin. Always seek medical attention for chemical and electrical burns. Also seek medical treatment for infants, who can be affected by burns differently than small children or adults. Until you reach emergency help, or help reaches you, do the following:

  • Remove any tight clothing, but do not remove clothing from the burned area.
  • Rinse the area in cool or cold water, carefully dry and place a loose sterile cloth on the area.
  • Keep the burned area above heart level
  • Keep as still as possible until you reach care.

Now that we’ve taken a closer look at burns and the types of burns that may warrant a trip to the Emergency Room, make sure you’re also familiar with the 10 medical conditions that warrant a 911 call or trip to the emergency room, as defined by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) .

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When Should You Go to the ER?

While some health conditions do not require emergency care, many do.

Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH) wants the residents of our community to understand when it is best to seek care from the emergency department and when they can wait to see their primary care physicians.

“In many cases, patients are confused about what constitutes an emergency,” explains Arthur Griffiths, MD, FACEP, senior staff physician and community liaison in the Emergency Department at EJCH. “While many minor medical issues such as earaches and sore throats can generally be handled by a primary care physician’s office or walk-in clinic, a variety of conditions absolutely require emergency care.”

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has identified 10 medical conditions that warrant a 911 call or a trip to the emergency room:

• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
• Chest or upper-abdominal pain or pressure
• Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness or lack of mobility
• Changes in vision
• Confusion or changes in mental status
• Any sudden or severe pain
• Uncontrolled bleeding
• Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
• Coughing or vomiting blood
• Suicidal or homicidal thoughts or feelings

“If you are unsure of what to do in a certain situation, either call your primary care physician’s office or the Emergency Department for guidance,” says Dr. Griffiths. “I encourage patients to trust their instincts if they feel unsure. While we hope you never have a reason to visit the Emergency Department at Emory Johns Creek Hospital, we want you to know that our team of experts is here 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ready to deliver high-quality emergency care to our patients.”

For more information about the EJCH Emergency Department, or for a downloadable version of ACEP’s list of 10 medical conditions that warrant a trip to the emergency room, click here!

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Emory Johns Creek Hospital Emergency Department

Summertime Emergency? Come to the Emory Johns Creek Emergency Department!

Emory Johns Creek HospitalSummer’s here, and along with barbecues, baseball, and pool parties come the inevitable bites, bumps, and scrapes. In most cases, summertime ailments don’t require much more than a bag of ice and a Band-Aid. But if you do need emergency help, the Emory Johns Creek Hospital Emergency Department is here for you—with some of the best doctors, highest patient satisfaction scores, and shortest wait times in the area.

Arthur Griffiths, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., Senior Emergency Physician and Emergency Department Physician Community Liaison at Emory Johns Creek Hospital, says the cases he sees this time of year run the gamut from sports injuries to spider bites to heatstroke. Not sure how to tell when an injury merits a visit to the ER? When in doubt, make the trip. Have a bad cut? A lot of people don’t realize you have six hours to sew a laceration. If you sleep on it, it’s too late. Bitten by an insect? If you find yourself having difficulty breathing or developing a fever, or the bite is getting bigger quickly or starting to open up, let us take a look. Inhaler not helping your asthma? We can help.

“It’s always safer to come in if there’s a concern,” says Dr. Griffiths. “Come in. Let us evaluate you.”

Emory Johns Creek also offers interventional cardiology and are a certified Primary Stroke Center. During the summer, says Dr. Griffiths, “our patients are overexerting themselves, doing things they haven’t done in a while.” With heart attacks and strokes, fast intervention is key. If you have chest pain, weakness in an extremity, or numbness, come in immediately for quick evaluation and treatment.

“We are your community emergency department,” says Dr. Griffiths. “We provide a quiet, compassionate, caring environment with the highest in quality of care.”

To learn more, visit Emory Johns Creek Hospital, online.

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During a Heart Attack, Every Minute Counts

Emory Johns Creek HospitalFor heart attack victims, every minute counts. Most people who die from a heart attack die within two hours of the first sign. Heart attacks occur when a coronary artery is blocked, preventing oxygen-rich blood from reaching the heart. Every minute that the cardiac tissue goes without oxygen results in more damage to the heart muscle – hence the saying “time is muscle.” The key is to get the blocked artery opened as fast as possible, to prevent further damage to the heart muscle and improve chances for survival.

At Emory Johns Creek Hospital, heart attack patients undergo angioplasty to open blocked arteries in our onsite, state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, featuring the latest technology, including fiber optic intra-aortic balloon pump and intravascular ultrasound. During angioplasty, an interventional cardiologist threads a balloon catheter into the artery to the blockage and inflates the balloon, pushing the blockage aside and restoring blood flow. The balloon is then deflated and withdrawn, and a stent may be inserted to keep the vessel open.

Clinical guidelines recommend that acute heart attack patients undergo angioplasty within 90 minutes of arrival in the emergency room. Our door-to-balloon times are superior to the national average, and, as part of Emory Healthcare, we can quickly collaborate with colleagues within the system to provide cardiothoracic (CT) surgery back-up when necessary.

If you suspect you may be having a heart attack, call for emergency help immediately. Some signs of a heart attack include a feeling of pressure or a squeezing pain in the center of your chest that lasts for more than a few minutes; pain that extends beyond your chest to your shoulder, arm, back, or even to your teeth and jaw; and shortness of breath, fatigue, clamminess, and nausea.

To learn more about the physicians who save lives every day at Emory Johns Creek Hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, visit