ER Wait Time in Chicago Hospitals

These are the average wait times Chicago hospital ER's from fastest to slowest. Actual wait times will depend on many factors.

HospitalCity
Total Wait Times
Presence Saint Joseph Hospital - ChicagoChicago 1h 43m
Presence Our Lady Of The Resurrection Med CtrChicago 2h 5m
Presence Saints Mary And Elizabeth Medical CenterChicago 2h 6m
Thorek Memorial HospitalChicago 2h 10m
Louis A Weiss Memorial HospitalChicago 2h 12m
Presence Resurrection Medical CenterChicago 2h 20m
Sacred Heart HospitalChicago 2h 26m
Norwegian-American HospitalChicago 2h 54m
Methodist Hospital Of ChicagoChicago 2h 55m
Swedish Covenant HospitalChicago 2h 58m
Saint Anthony HospitalChicago 3h 0m
Rush University Medical CenterChicago 3h 11m
Northwestern Memorial HospitalChicago 3h 14m
Holy Cross HospitalChicago 3h 29m
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical CenterChicago 3h 36m
Loretto HospitalChicago 3h 39m
Advocate Trinity HospitalChicago 3h 42m
South Shore HospitalChicago 3h 56m
Mercy Hospital And Medical CenterChicago 4h 2m
Mt Sinai Hospital Medical CenterChicago 4h 20m
University Of Illinois HospitalChicago 4h 36m
The University Of Chicago Medical CenterChicago 5h 15m
Roseland Community HospitalChicago 5h 52m
St Bernard HospitalChicago 5h 57m
John H Stroger Jr HospitalChicago 6h 0m
Provident Hospital Of ChicagoChicago 6h 52m
Jackson Park HospitalChicago N/A

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These are the average time from entering the ER to being admitted to the hospital by a doctor. In a busy ER, patients will be seen by a triage nurse first. Then the wait time will vary by severity, and how busy the ER is at the time of day. Patients with less serious problems could have substantially longer waits.

There is a 309 minute wait difference between the fastest Chicago emergency room and the slowest.

Stories



Jul 28, 2019, 6:18 PM
: "I brought my father to Mercy Hospital of Buffalo's ER. We are still waiting after 4 hours. This is unacceptable. The staff can not even tell us how much longer it will be.
Lynn M. Lauricella "
- LYNN

Jul 23, 2019, 6:31 AM
: "saint marys has the shorter wait times because they are incompetent" - colleen

Jul 06, 2019, 10:30 AM
: "my daughter had an appointment with her doctor, the doctor wanted her to have an mri "the sooner the better" she would have to go to the er by ambulance. the wait time was bad enough, but the people that work there were awful (to say the least) after waiting an hour for a room the person that came in half an hour after mt daughter was taken first then my daughter she was put in the hall...her nurse came over to her and asked a couple of questions..an hour later i looked for the way out, found it, on my way back tp be with my daughter i say her nurse. i ask her how long before she would have the mri...the nurse was amazed she was to have an mri said nothing was put in for an mri...we left that place never to go back again " - frances

Jul 01, 2019, 12:45 AM
: "I brought my husband to the ER, he had been experiencing chest pains off and on for several weeks. He was seen within 15 minutes and has been admitted for overnight observation. They gave him an EKG which was abnormal and were taking him for a CT scan when I left. Thank goodness this is happening now and not later because there are so many people who complain about the long waits. Wait until Governor Newsom approves free healthcare for illegal immigrants. When the waiting rooms are packed with illegals I think they should send their complaints to the California state democrat governor and democrat assembly. Be careful what you wish for, it will come back to bite you!!" - Pilar

May 19, 2019, 7:17 PM
: "Went Evergreen ER in Monroe, WA. My son having severe abdominal pain. Toks then sitting up made it worse. There was one person in front . 5others came in afterwards. They called in 3 9f the 5 before him including the kid tha5vwas bouncing around the lobby. After 1.5 hours , they called him,back to room where there was a plethora of available beds. They let him suffer when he asked to be able to lie down. This us ridiculous. We are not cattle but people." - Karen

Apr 27, 2019, 4:53 PM
: "UMC Banner gaging. 8 hrs and left on own accord. Sat in a two small of a waiting room for 8 hrs, rather go home and keel over then stay and be in that hospital any longer. BBB should be aware of the horrible customer service. We arrived at 4:40pm Wed evening, okay not to bad a few people in the waiting area (which holds maybe 20). Get called back at about 5:00pm. Great this is going to go well after taking information with a person who seemed less than interested took a seat in a small in the back which had 5 seats. Go for a chest Xray, after approximately and hr the employee comes out and takes him into a room for a EKG. Done he sits back down took about 5 minutes. Wait wait wait another hr goes by it is now 6:00pm we are informed that we all need to leave that area go into this other room I peek my head in there are about another 20 seats, but no empty ones so we are told well then go back out to the main lobby where we were. We are in the main lobby listening to a obnoxious auto door open close open close at about 9pm a couple employees come around taking vitals and even stated (its been 5 hours)of everyone still waiting. Funny no one is moving any closer to going home or being admitted we are all just sitting feeling like crap. They hook him up to oxygen and the wait continues. I go to the window to see what the heck is going on and try to get someone to assist us as well as another person (late 40ish women) having issues with nausea and dehydration from her chemo treatment. Basically told that nothing could be done they are busy. 10:30 pm another employee comes out calls us back Yeah we are finally either going to go home or get a admitted. Nope draw blood insert IV and are told your almost up we are next for a room. Okay this all sound promising. He goes to the counter this time to inquire about himself and again for the female chemo patient. Nothing. Anther 2 hours goes by the chemo patient now goes to the window, she comes around the corner and says she is done she can vomit at home. After 7 hrs of waiting she leaves. We hang in for one more hour at 1:15am he has them remove the IV we leave. What kind of hospital is this??? This is the same place that will be doing major surgery on him and it makes me very hesitant that this is the only place in town we can have this done. My biggest concern is the lack of empathy, and the lack of importance that the staff thinks it is okay for very ill seniors to just hang out in an emergency room for 8 hrs and be okay with that. I would never ever recommend Banner medical Center for anything." - Theresa

Apr 17, 2019, 9:16 PM
: "I have NEVER waited more than 30 minutes at Calvert Hospital" - George

Mar 26, 2019, 10:05 PM
: "Absolutely the worst ER! Waiting 6 hours and patients are not getting seen. The waiting rooms are littered with trash. What a disgrace. " - Annette

Mar 26, 2019, 2:22 PM
: "Waited 4 hours to see doctor for a burst appendix. Don’t come here unless you want to die. " - Bill

Mar 26, 2019, 5:23 AM
: "Worst e r room on the east coast do not come here unless your truly dying no one's name was called for more than 3 hours gross the way the staff is about treating people" - Joe

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