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ER Wait Times in Cook County Hospitals

Average wait times at hospital in Cook County show the time patients can expect to spend. Actual wait times will depend on many factors, such as severity of the injury, time of day, and staffing. Patients are quickly evaluated as part of a triage process, so the most severe cases can be treated first. Depending on the hospital, this initial wait can run from a few minutes to over an hour. The times below also include wait times for initial treatment, since there can be many delays after the triage process. Choose an ER with a shorter wait time to get seen more quickly.

Hospital - Share Your ExperienceCity
Total Wait Times
Presence Saint Joseph Hospital - Chicago
Chicago 1h 43m
West Suburban Medical Center
Oak Park 2h 2m
Presence Our Lady Of The Resurrection Med Ctr
Chicago 2h 5m
Presence Saints Mary And Elizabeth Medical Center
Chicago 2h 6m
Skokie Hospital
Skokie 2h 8m
Thorek Memorial Hospital
Chicago 2h 10m
Louis A Weiss Memorial Hospital
Chicago 2h 12m
Alexian Brothers Medical Center
Elk Grove Village 2h 14m
Presence Saint Francis Hospital
Evanston 2h 15m
Metrosouth Medical Center
Blue Island 2h 17m
Presence Resurrection Medical Center
Chicago 2h 20m
Sacred Heart Hospital
Chicago 2h 26m
Evanston Hospital
Evanston 2h 31m
Loyola Gottlieb Memorial Hospital
Melrose Park 2h 39m
Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital
La Grange 2h 41m
Norwegian-American Hospital
Chicago 2h 54m
Methodist Hospital Of Chicago
Chicago 2h 55m
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Park Ridge 2h 57m
Westlake Community Hospital
Melrose Park 2h 57m
Swedish Covenant Hospital
Chicago 2h 58m
Saint Anthony Hospital
Chicago 3h 0m
Franciscan St James Health
Olympia Fields 3h 9m
Macneal Hospital
Berwyn 3h 9m
Northwest Community Hospital
Arlington Heights 3h 10m
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Chicago 3h 14m
Palos Community Hospital
Palos Heights 3h 21m
Ingalls Memorial Hospital
Harvey 3h 22m
Little Company Of Mary Hospital
Evergreen Park 3h 23m
Loyola University Medical Center
Maywood 3h 25m
Holy Cross Hospital
Chicago 3h 29m
St Alexius Medical Center
Hoffman Estates 3h 32m
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Chicago 3h 36m
Advocate Christ Hospital & Medical Center
Oak Lawn 3h 36m
Loretto Hospital
Chicago 3h 39m
Advocate Trinity Hospital
Chicago 3h 42m
Advocate South Suburban Hospital
Hazel Crest 3h 43m
South Shore Hospital
Chicago 3h 56m
Mercy Hospital And Medical Center
Chicago 4h 2m
Mt Sinai Hospital Medical Center
Chicago 4h 20m
University Of Illinois Hospital
Chicago 4h 36m
The University Of Chicago Medical Center
Chicago 5h 15m
Roseland Community Hospital
Chicago 5h 52m
St Bernard Hospital
Chicago 5h 57m
John H Stroger Jr Hospital
Chicago 6h 0m
Provident Hospital Of Chicago
Chicago 6h 52m
Jackson Park Hospital
Chicago 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 ER in Cook and the slowest.


Stories



Apr 26, 2021, 11:55 PM
: "UVA gets all the fame but their ER service is horrible. 5-6 hour wait because they don’t have enough beds? Ummm they just built a whole addition to the original hospital and when I brought this up to the nurse she says not all those rooms are for the public, they’re private!! What!!! So sad the division of wealth is everywhere! It’s ridiculous to have to wait that long for an expensive service because the billing department is fully staffed! " - Melanie

Apr 20, 2021, 2:00 AM
: "Arrived with my husband, he is having difficulty breathing due to COVID. 7 1/2 hours later still waiting be been seen by a doctor. There is no since of urgency here at Buffalo General Hospital. They haven't communicate any type of wait times. Horrible and I wish I had taken him somewhere else. " - Jacinda

Apr 17, 2021, 10:13 PM
: "I am a stroke patient and this is first time to complain sadly. North Shore Salem ED - 3pm admitted to ED area ( having waited in wait area almost 2 hrs ) This for cellulitis ( ongoing stroke complication) - I finally got admitted to Davenport 9 at 2am ( Epic has Bed Mgt tool)
This is total of 13 hours. The ED were visibly not dealing with trauma busy cases. I had a rule out blood clot ultrasound to check no DVT and an IV - beds were full in ED was on cot in corridor. Came up in wheelchair not bed. The room area bed space was empty approx 4 hours ( the previous loud patient was taken out at 10pm - this not acceptable - Salem is designated a stroke center awarded Gold by AHA - but no neurology here : anything stroke related needs to be triaged faster will be talking to Dr David Robert’s as protocol needs to reflect the designation "
- Jan

Apr 17, 2021, 5:58 PM
: "Sinai hospital Baltimore Maryland, April 14, 2021. After waiting 11 hours for a room, and not being told how much longer it would be, I left and went to GBMC And had a room in three hours." - Roy

Apr 11, 2021, 12:59 AM
: "I will NEVER willingly go to a Corpus Christi hospital or ER.

ATROCIOUS! I waited for 10 hours.and finally took an AMA and just drove to MD Anderson in Houston.

This happened multiple times to me, and also these are the same clowns that missed a pulmonary embolism and were going to send me into a procedure the next day.

NO F***ING WAY WOULD I LET ANYONE I CARE ABOUT GO TO SPOHN!"
- Ryan

Apr 06, 2021, 5:27 AM
: "Worst service ever every single time I've ever been over 17 years. Rude, Horrible customer service, Too quick to diagnose, the rudest E.R. staff, when you're waiting in the ER they do nothing to make you feel comfortable they act like they don't believe you. Maybe little you along with the rest of the staff. Their priority system of who goes first is ridiculous they don't seem like they know what they're doing. Security is rude. The wait times are outrageous. They'll be one or two people in the waiting room but yet you're waiting for hours. Then you come to find out when you ask that there's beds open but they just haven't been cleaned yet. Worst hospital system ever!" - Gina

Apr 06, 2021, 5:27 AM
: "Worst service ever every single time I've ever been over 17 years. Rude, Horrible customer service, Too quick to diagnose, the rudest E.R. staff, when you're waiting in the ER they do nothing to make you feel comfortable they act like they don't believe you. Maybe little you along with the rest of the staff. Their priority system of who goes first is ridiculous they don't seem like they know what they're doing. Security is rude. The wait times are outrageous. They'll be one or two people in the waiting room but yet you're waiting for hours. Then you come to find out when you ask that there's beds open but they just haven't been cleaned yet. Worst hospital system ever!" - Gina

Apr 03, 2021, 2:16 PM
: "At the core of ALL these complaints on here, and underlying the entire broken healthcare industry in the US is:
HEALTHCARE FOR PROFIT DOESN’T WORK.
All other developed countries have figured this out, but not the USA. Take the $$ out of healthcare, and ALL associated problems, inequalities, and entire healthcare insurance industry ALL goes away, ...poof! "
- Mason

Mar 29, 2021, 9:29 AM
: "My son was treated badly because he was former drug addict. Ended up having bacterial infection in blood stream. They sent him home & was very rude!!" - Tiffanysouthern

Mar 26, 2021, 11:12 PM
: "My son was treated badly because he was former drug addict. Ended up having bacterial infection in blood stream. They sent him home & was very rude!!" - Tiffanysouthern

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