ER Wait Watcher
Heading to the emergency room? You may wait a while before a doctor or other treating professional sees you — and the hospital nearest to you might not be the one that sees you the fastest. Use this tool to look up average ER wait times, as reported by hospitals to the federal government, as well as the time it takes to get there in current traffic, as reported by Google. Find out more »
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For example: 874 State Street CT, Chicago, 11216
Important Note on Hospital Location
Our location data comes from Google Maps. If you think a hospital is missing or in the wrong place, let us know.
State-by-State Waiting Times
For each state, we chart the time, on average, that patients wait in emergency rooms before one of four outcomes: they see a doctor, they get sent home, they’re given pain medications for a broken bone, or they are admitted to the hospital. For each measure, lower numbers are better. Experts caution that very small differences between hospitals for a given measure are unlikely to correspond to noticeable differences in the real world.
- Naple Daily News: Americans travel an average of 34 minutes to access medical services, study shows
- Nogales International: Mother complains of son’s long wait at emergency room
- Bossier Now: Willis Knighton ER Has a Longer Wait But Avoid Schumpert for a Broken Bone
- The News Journal: Study: Delaware leads nation in longest ER wait times
- Delaware Business Now: Report: Delaware ranks last among 50 states in emergency room wait times
- WNEM: Hospital wait times across the board in mid-Michigan
- KY3: Contact KY3 Investigates: Why ER wait times are so long
- Wilmington News Journal: CMH ER worth the (short) wait
- New Jersey 101.5: New Jersey’s emergency room wait times higher than average
- Victoria Advocate: The doctor will see you now
- WPMT FOX43: Urgency in the ER: How long are you waiting?
- NJ Spotlight: The List: Emergency Rooms with the Longest Waiting Times in New Jersey
- Santa Barbara Independent: Health Care Lands in the Emergency Room
- Florida Times-Union: Jacksonville ER patients wait 41 minutes on average; UF Health fifth highest in state
- Dover Post: Study shows Delaware has second-longest ER wait times in the country
- Mississippi News Now: Patients and doctors struggle with E-R wait times
- NBC Chicago: Tool Helps Determine Emergency Room Wait Times
- KSLA: How long are you waiting in the ER?
- Dayton Business Journal: Which Dayton-area hospital has the best ER wait time?
- Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal: The fastest and slowest Twin Cities emergency rooms
- Birmingham Business Journal: Let's take a closer look at wait times for Birmingham hospitals
- AL.com: Which Alabama hospitals have the shortest ER wait times? Search your city with new ProPublica app
- WAFF-TV: WAFF Investigates: E.R. wait times
- The Oklahoman: Oklahomans wait an average of 24 minutes in ER before seeing a doctor
- WTVD-TV: I-Team finds North Carolina has 4th longest wait times at the Emergency Room
- WTVM.com: E.R. wait time at NHRMC longer than state and national averages
- WTVM.com: Memphis hospitals above national average for ER wait times
- Birmingham Business Journal: Which Birmingham hospital has the best ER wait time?
- Business in Savannah: The feel-better business: Local urgent care industry sees growth
- New York Daily News: Patients at Weiler/Einstein Hospital are fed up with overcrowding and long waits in the Bronx facility's emergency room
- Utica Observer-Dispatch: Time matters at urgent care
- WRDW: On Your Side | Average ER Wait Times in the CSRA
- Portland Business Journal: Check out the longest and shortest ER wait times at Portland hospitals
- Denver Business Journal: Colorado tops nation for shortest ER wait times; here’s how your local hospital does
- Triad Business Journal: How long will you wait in Triad hospital ERs?
- Indianapolis Business Journal: Riley Hospital expands ER to handle more mainstream patients
- ABC Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Hospital aims to reduce ER wait times through telemedicine program
- Arkansas Online: White River Medical Center renovates emergency department
- FOX 4 Now: Hospital wait times in Southwest Florida
- Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal: Can't stop the rush: ER visits stubbornly grow
- First Coast News: ER wait times: What's causing the holdup?
- Public News Service: Doctors Say Some Patients Use Emergency Rooms for Follow-Up Care
- WPTV: Waiting times at area hospital Emergency Rooms all over the map
- WWL-TV: Ratings of area nursing homes fall with new rating system
- KrisTV.com: Patients, doctors weigh in on long wait times at local emergency rooms
- Daily Press: Hospitals struggle with overcrowded ERs
- The News Herald: ER wait times: Carolinas Medical Center-Blue Ridge fare well with state, nation averages
- The Spokesman-Review: Deaconess, Valley hospitals show emergency room wait times on billboards
- WACH: There's an app for that! Find out wait times for ER's across the Midlands
- FOX San Antonio: Shortest and Longest ER Wait Times in San Antonio
- KATU.com: ER wait times: Is the closest emergency room the fastest?
- Rhode Island Public Radio: Fatima Hospital Posts ER Wait Times
- KYForward.com: Kentucky’s Hospital Emergency Rooms: How do they rate and what does it mean for you?
- New York Daily News: EXCLUSIVE: Patients at Kings County Hospital Center emergency room wait nearly two hours before seeing a doctor, records show
- KVUE: Doctors: Emergency room wait times improving
- Great Falls Tribune: Benefis to partner with Sanford Health for ER services this fall
- Grand Forks Herald: Waiting at the ER: Altru reports longer than average waits, vows to do better
- Newsday: Site helps you cut down ER waiting time
- Syracuse.com: ER wait times decrease at some Central New York hospitals, get longer at others
- The State: Report compares ER wait times to get medication, see doctor and go home
- KLAS-TV: New App Tracks Emergency Room Waits
- KBZK: Study Shows Average Wait Time at Bozeman Deaconess Emergency Room
- Bangor Daily News: How long will you wait at your local ER? Maine hospitals meet national average, new data show
- KAJ18.com: Waiting time data released for some Montana emergency departments
- KMSP-TV: WAIT WATCHER: Which ER in Minnesota will see you fastest?
Notes: "Average time" refers to the median waiting time (the midpoint of all patients' waiting times). References to "doctor" indicate a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant. CMS reports the CT scan quality measure as the percentage of patients who received a scan within 45 minutes. We have reversed that measure so that all measures follow a "lower is better" pattern.
Data from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, last updated March 2019. Most data was collected between April 2017 and April 2018.