Support local hospitals by using primary and urgent care services

August 30, 2021

In addition to taking precautions and getting vaccinated, our community can best support local hospitals right now by utilizing primary and urgent care services when it’s not an emergency.
 
“With the recent influx of extremely ill patients and high emergency department volumes, staffing remains challenging,” said Dr. Dan Nafziger, Goshen Hospital Chief Medical Officer and Infectious Disease Specialist.
 
Emergency departments are intended for when a patient’s health is at serious risk with a life-threatening condition or trauma. For sudden or severe conditions and injuries, go to the emergency room or call 9-1-1.
 
“We want to give you the care you need as quickly as we can. We can help you best when you choose the right location for your needs,” said Randy Christophel, Goshen Health President and Chief Executive Officer.
 
Primary care: when it’s not an emergency
Treatment for common illnesses and chronic conditions, minor allergic reactions, minor injuries or burns and preventive care
 
Urgent care: for immediate medical attention
Treatment for common illnesses, minor injury and fracture care, X-ray services, flu and Tetanus shots and COVID-19 and TB testing
 
Emergency care: for life-threatening conditions and trauma
Chest pain, complex fractures, major trauma or head injury, severe bleeding, severe burns or deep wounds and stroke symptoms, slurred speech or facial drooping.