You’re chopping ingredients for dinner, but your knife slips and you cut yourself deeply. You’re bleeding a lot, you wrap your hand in a paper towel and you have to make a choice. Do you go to the emergency room or Emergency Physicians Medical Center? The emergency room might be your first thought, but maybe you should think again. Whereas at the hospital you might sit for hours watching as people with more severe injuries pass you and while pleading for pain killers as the numbness of shock wears off. At Emergency Physicians Medical Center, one of the board-certified emergency physicians could have you treated in a fraction of the time and with considerably more comfort.
“If you were going to build an ER from the ground up and have the Ritz-Carlton do it, that’s what I wanted here,” said CEO Dr. Steven Yucht. Yucht founded Emergency Physicians Medical Center in January 2010 and opened up another location in February 2015 with the idea of creating a high acuity care center that fills the niche in emergency medical care and focuses on the patients’ comfort. “I really think that when you create an environment where it’s relaxing and visually appealing, it helps the overall experience,” he explained.
As s high acuity center, Emergency Physicians Medical Center can treat practically everything that would pass through an emergency room. And since it bills at the prices of an urgent care center, the team can treat that kidney stone at a greatly reduced cost. The same treatment that might cost $4,000-$5,000 at the ER might cost $250 at Emergency Physicians Medical Center. Whether patients come in with a cold, a broken bone, or even a major laceration, they can walk into Emergency Physicians with peace of mind knowing that they will get ER care without the ER price or hassle.
“If you don’t need an ambulance, come see us. We’ll take excellent care of you,” Yucht said he likes to tell patients. “Unless you’re having an acute stroke or acute heart attack, we can take care of you. Even chest pain we take care of all the time, the way they do in the emergency department.”
Emergency Physicians Medical Center has two locations in Gainesville, one on Northwest 39th Avenue by Interstate 95 and the other on Tower Road and Southwest 24th Avenue. Each center is fully equipped with exam and procedure rooms, including OB/GYN rooms and rooms specifically for examining the throat, nose, eyes and ears. They also have ultrasounds, X-ray machines and a fully licensed medical lab so all lab work can be done on-site. Because patient ease is a top priority at Emergency Physicians, they have what you might not expect to see in a medical center — art work overflowing in the halls and rooms, and a comfortable and colorful waiting room. Exam rooms have leather couches and flat-screen TVs. Yucht said he wanted to design the center like a living room in order to make the experience as pleasant as possible for patients.
“Most people would be a lot more comfortable sitting on their couch getting their needed care,” he said. “So if you can’t stop vomiting and need IV fluids, we do that here, but we want you to be comfortable.”
Next time you have an accident and think you want to go to the ER, you may decide to think about it again. Because as Yucht says, at Emergency Physicians Medical Center, “It’s about you.”
The Emergency Physicians Medical Center location on 39th Avenue.
One of the many rooms designed for your comfort at the medical center.
Photography by John Sloan