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Posted on October 20, 2016 in Crime

Phoenix ER Wait Times Unveiled

When you suffer a bodily injury that needs immediate medical attention, you don’t want to wait in a line of dozens of other injured people before you can receive treatment. The successful treatment of many injuries relies on swift and efficient action. Phoenix is one of the most heavily populated cities in Arizona, and as such, has a higher number of personal injury accidents. This means a higher number of people in ER waiting rooms and subsequently longer Phoenix ER wait times.

The average wait time in an ER varies greatly depending on the severity of your injuries. ERs are not first come, first serve. They operate by seeing patients with the most severe injuries first – even if the patient just walked in. That means if you have a less serious health issue you could face a substantially longer wait. There is a 206-minute difference between the fastest ER in Maricopa County and the slowest. Here’s a ranking of the average ER wait times at different hospitals in Phoenix.

Longest Wait Time: Phoenix Indian Medical Center

With an average ER wait time of five hours and 42 minutes, Phoenix Indian Medical Center not only has the longest wait in Phoenix but in all of Maricopa County. Most patients have to wait an additional two hours on top of the more than five-hour wait before they leave to their hospital rooms. Despite the long wait, visitors give Phoenix Indian Medical Center a 4.45 out of 5 overall rating.

Medium Wait Times

Most ERs in Maricopa County have average wait times somewhere between two and four hours. ERs in Phoenix see hundreds of patients per day and have difficulty bringing wait times any lower than two hours on average. In most cases, expect these average wait times:

  • Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center: 2 hours, 32 minutes.
  • Phoenix Baptist Hospital: 2 hours, 48 minutes.
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital: 2 hours, 58 minutes.
  • Banner Estrella Medical Center: 2 hours, 58 minutes.
  • Maryvale Hospital: 3 hours, 8 minutes.
  • John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital: 3 hours, 17 minutes.
  • Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center: 3 hours, 20 minutes.
  • Luke’s Medical Center: 3 hours, 30 minutes.
  • Maricopa Medical Center: 3 hours, 51 minutes.
  • John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital: 4 hours, 3 minutes.

Depending on the severity of your injuries and how far away you are from each hospital, you may be better off driving a bit farther out of your way to visit a hospital with a shorter wait time. You’ll likely make up the time you spend driving to the different Phoenix location in the shorter wait.

Shortest Wait Time: Paradise Valley Hospital

Paradise Valley Hospital has the shortest ER wait time in Phoenix at two hours and 16 minutes. While this still may seem like a long wait time, it’s much better than others in the county. Any metropolitan city will have lengthy ER wait times, as they have more patients to care for. Paradise Valley Hospital has an overall patient rating of 4.5 out of 5. Only about 1% of patients leave this hospital without a doctor seeing them at all.

Although Paradise Valley Hospital boasts the shortest admittance wait time in Maricopa County, patients have to wait about 22 minutes for an initial exam. Compare this to Phoenix Indian Medical Center, with the longest wait time, which doesn’t make its patients wait at all for initial exams. Typically, in serious cases where Paradise Valley Hospital admits people, patients must wait an additional hour and 19 minutes before going to their rooms. On average, patients with broken bones have to wait about 43 minutes here before receiving pain medications – shorter than the statewide average of 54 minutes.