Find a Hospital Near Me

Serious or life-threatening medical problems should not be ignored. Don’t wait. Call 9-1-1 or come to a Mercy Hospital immediately. Mercy hospitals are ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year with fast, experienced and professional care.

When you can plan ahead of a hospital stay, consult with your primary care physician to find the best hospital for your care.

When to Go to the Hospital

Convenient and urgent care clinics are not substitutes for the emergency room at a hospital. For serious or life-threatening problems, such as many of the following, call 9-1-1 immediately:

  • Severe breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Fast heartbeat (more than 120-150 bpm)
  • Someone faints or is unresponsive
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Broken bones visible through the skin
  • Drowning
  • Choking
  • Severe burns
  • Allergic reaction with breathing difficulty
  • Extremely hot or cold
  • Poisoning or drug overdose
  • New severe headache
  • Sudden intense severe pain
  • Sudden blindness/vision change

Steps to Choosing a Hospital

In an emergency, an ambulance may take you to the closets hospital for care. However, when comparing hospitals for surgery options or non-emergency care, consider the following steps:

Talk to your primary care physician and ask the following:

  • What hospitals do you work with?
  • Which hospital can provide the best care for my condition?
  • How does the hospital check and improve upon their quality of care?

Based on your condition, ask the following:

  • Which hospitals have the best experience treating this condition?
  • Should I consider a specialty hospital, such as an orthopedic hospital or rehabilitation hospital?
  • Who will be responsible for my overall care while I’m in the hospital?
  • Will I need care after my hospital stay? If so, who will coordinate this care?
  • Are there any alternatives to hospital care?

Check with your insurance provider and ask the following:

  • Do I need permission from my health plan before being admitted for hospital care?
  • If I need care that is not an emergency, do I need to use certain hospitals?
  • Do I have to pay more to use a hospital that doesn’t participate in my plan?
  • Do I need to meet certain requirements to get care after I leave the hospital?