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ER Wait Times in Howard County Hospitals

Average wait times at hospital in Howard 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.

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Howard County General Hospital
Columbia 3h 23m

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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 0 minute wait difference between the fastest ER in Howard and the slowest.


Nov 29, 2021, 6:55 PM
: "The er nurses are rude and the dt never explained what was wrong and they don’t listen. Wait time are horrible. The medical field needs over hauled. I" - Bonnie

Nov 28, 2021, 9:35 PM
: "Been waiting 5 hours and still not seen" - J

Nov 12, 2021, 1:53 PM
: "My wife has been sitting at Porter Adventist in Denver for 2 hours and 20 minutes to have her father seen. I think I need to bring them lunch. I wish we would invest more into our healthcare infrastructure (people, devices, buildings) to reduce wait times and improve care for all!" - JON

Nov 11, 2021, 7:25 PM
: "In ER waiting room at Community Osteopathic
Hospital since 12:30pm; time now is almost 7:30pm. They did triage and ran blood tests and scans fairly quickly. Much of the wait has been for a bed to open in the ER in order for doctor to assess patient. Staff openly has stated that the packed waiting room today is significantly decreased from yesterday and that the ER is lined with beds outside rooms.
For a 145-bed hospital, everyone can understand that beds throughout are at a premium. So why does a hospital not have to tell people about the wait time before registration, in case the potential patient wants to try a different facility that may have a shorter wait time? For someone having a medical emergency and/or mental health crisis, this wait time is unacceptable."
- Dags

Nov 11, 2021, 12:41 PM
: "Brought my Mom in who is 84 and has Dementia yesterday around 1030am because she has been passing out recently. She collasped yesterday and we are STILL WAIRING FOR A ROOM AND TEST!!!! WHAT THE HECK?? PEOPLE ATE PILED UP IN ER....YIKES" - Vistula

Nov 11, 2021, 3:21 AM
: "Akron City/Summa Hospital. My wife contracted covid and it was officially confirmed on Monday 11/8. She spoke to doctor over the phone today. Doctor thought she needed more fluids and told her to go to ER for an IV. Arrived at 5. Saw triage at 5:30. Great, should be hooked up tomorrow IV and out by 9. Wrong. It’s 3:20 am. Still sitting." - Eddie

Nov 09, 2021, 1:46 PM
: "Today my father was brought in my car at about 9:30 AM. At 1:20 PM he was finally seen by the Triage nurse. All he did was register at 9:30 AM then he had to sit for hours to be seen to assess his problem. According to the country average according to US News and World Report "More
A number of states have a median wait time that exceeds 150 minutes, according to a recent study.
The rate of emergency room visits has increased significantly over recent decades in the U.S., rising from 360 visits per 1,000 residents in 1995 to 445 in 2017, according to a report released recently by

The report, which analyses data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kaiser Family Foundation, found that Washington, D.C., has the longest median wait time in the nation for admitted patients waiting for an inpatient room after seeing a doctor in the emergency department.

According to the report, admitted patients in the nation's capital wait a median of 286 minutes for their room in the hospital.

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Nationally, admitted patients spend a median of 103 minutes waiting for a hospital room, according to the report. The initial screening is far shorter, with more than 40% of patients seeing a physician, nurse of physicians assistant within 15 minutes of checking into the emergency department.

Delaware, New York, Maryland and Connecticut joined Washington, D.C., with median waiting times above 150 minutes.

These 10 states have the longest median wait times for admitted patients:

1. District of Columbia: 286 minutes
2. Delaware: 153 minutes
3. New York: 153 minutes
4. Maryland: 152 minutes
5. Connecticut: 152 minutes
6. New Jersey: 150 minutes
7. California: 150 minutes
8. Rhode Island: 147 minutes
9. Massachusetts: 131 minutes
10. Hawaii: 131 minutes

If two states had the same median wait time for admitted patients, the tie was broken by considering their median wait time for patients who were ultimately discharged, meaning that they are not admitted to the hospital and are sent home.

With a median wait time of 46 minutes for admitted patients, South Dakota boasts the shortest emergency department wait.

These 10 states have the shortest wait times:

South Dakota: 46 minutes
Kansas: 55 minutes
Wyoming: 58 minutes
Iowa: 60 minutes
Wisconsin: 61 minutes
Nebraska: 62 minutes
Utah: 62 minutes
Montana: 63 minutes
Mississippi: 67 minutes
North Dakota: 68 minutes"
These times are from in the door to out the door. My father'a wait time to be triaged was 3 hours and 50 minutes. That doesnt mean he was seen by a doctor that was just to be sorted to see the appropriate doctor. That is terrible. When he arrived there were only 10 people ahead of him. Many people came in after him and were triaged before him. This doesnt make sens to me. The system is broken.
- Stephen

Nov 02, 2021, 1:56 AM
: "I was rushed to Matsu Regional with a bowel obstruction. As soon as they figured out what it was, the Dr gave me way to much pain medication. So much I don’t remember that day or the next morning when I obviously signed paperwork for surgery. Long story short, I spent three days in the hospital even though my stomach was filleted like a fish, I went home too early, I had no help
At home, after a few days of trying to eat easy on the stomach food and vomiting everything, I started to throw up bile. On day 10 I was taken back to the Dr to have my staples removed which half of them were too infected. I told the Dr what was going on In her office and all she said was “ well I can do surgery again.” Which was not an option, my daughter rushed me to Anchorage to the largest hospital in Alaska. I was immediately admitted, had a team of Dr’s and was told within a short time IF anyone had cut me open they could not have gotten my intestines back inside me. I spent two months In Providence and was told after I started to turn the corner they did not think I would survive.
So two hospitals, 60 miles apart and I truly believe it was the surgeons that made a difference. "
- Edith

Nov 01, 2021, 3:49 PM
: "Spent 14 hours at hurley er to be diagnosed with eppigloic appendagitis and severe left side abdominal pain. Given pain meds and sent home in September. A month later, same thing except I lie here and suffer because the doctor can't see me for two weeks. " - Cathy

Oct 23, 2021, 9:47 PM
: "Exactly what is the source of your data? Also ERs prioritize patients based on severity of illness so this isn’t a Uselful statistic. " - Scott

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