Emergency Care Centers

At Houston Methodist, our emergency care centers are full-service emergency rooms — we treat life-threatening emergencies as well as minor ones. Our emergency care centers are designed to offer quality emergency medical services outside of our primary hospitals. Houston Methodist brings each neighborhood we serve the same high-quality emergency care for which Houston Methodist is known.


What is the Difference Between Our Centers and an Urgent Care Facility?


  • Houston Methodist Emergency Care Centers are open 24/7/365
  • We offer full medical services to all patients, regardless of age or the severity of their illness or injury
  • Our doctors are board certified in emergency medicine and nurses are specialty trained 
  • Private treatment rooms
  • Full-service imaging, including X-ray, CT and ultrasound
  • On-site laboratory 
  • Staff-facilitated transfer to a hospital for conditions requiring admission
  • Hospital emergency room co-pays apply
  • We participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs
  • Easily accessible with convenient locations throughout Houston
  • Free parking

Unlike an ER, urgent care centers typically treat minor injuries and illnesses only. They may not be open 24/7. Urgent care centers' insurance co-pays vary by provider, but at an ER facility, hospital emergency room co-pays apply. Also, urgent care practitioners are often not emergency medicine trained, and they may not have a doctor on site.

From minor cuts and sprains to severe symptoms of stroke or heart attack, our staff is committed to stabilizing and treating all patients who walk through our doors. We treat patients for a range of injuries and illnesses:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Acute pain
  • Allergic reactions
  • Bites, stings, rashes
  • Breathing complications
  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Chest pain
  • Concussions
  • Eye infections or injuries
  • Fever
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Headaches, head injuries
  • Infections
  • Lacerations
  • Minor automobile accidents
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Nose bleeds
  • Overdose
  • Seizures, neurological complications
  • Stroke symptoms
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Workplace injuries


Determining Whether to Seek Emergency Care
For more on whether your symptoms are telling you to seek emergency care, visit this page.

To learn more about emergency care at Houston Methodist, visit Frequently Asked Questions About Emergency Care. For a quick way to understand the difference between an urgent care facility and our emergency care centers, download this brochure.

Our specialists at Houston Methodist provide emergency care at our convenient treatment locations.