Poll: Choosing Emergency Medical Care

05/01/2009 at 04:30 PM ET
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This Mother’s Day, celebrities like Kelly Ripa, Brooke Shields, Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe, Shon Gables and regular moms and dads will be walking/running/strolling in Central Park to raise money for R Baby Foundation, a non-profit committed to increasing the standard level of pediatric emergency care. R Baby was founded by a couple after losing their 7-day-old daughter to a undiagnosed, untreated viral infection that was missed in the ER. Hopefully most parents will never have to bring their children to the emergency room but accidents, illnesses and swine flu happen. When there’s a choice in which ER to visit, what qualities are most important to you?

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MZ on

For us, the recommendation of a friend is very important. I live with, and my son could be affected by, a rare genetic disorder. I trust the friends I’ve made with the same illness to help me figure out the best ERs and general doctors more than anyone else. I love our pediatrician, but I had scoped out the best hospital and ER before we even moved here. The pediatrician tried to tell us somewhere else was “just as good,” but I know it’s not.

allison friedland on

uncommonlycute.com will be walking as well. this is an organization near and dear to our hearts!

Lauren on

I vote reputation. A hospital that can get us in quickly and treats you promptly is best. For myself I have been to the ER so many times in my life that I already knew which I was going to take my child to. For stitches or broken bones we go to one, and for serious issues, another.

Amanda on

In a real emergency? Definitely proximity. I’d take my kids to the nearest hospital if they were in need of emergency medical care. I know it’s probably different depending on where you live but around here you could be in for another 20-30min ride if you try to get to a different hospital when you are at or close to one of them…not worth that important time in a dire situation. Any care is better than none.
Care for things that aren’t immediately life threatening is a combination of everything else.

Alex on

Proximity is definitely first on my list, there is no point in having a recommendation from anyone if it’s a million miles away. And as much as I love my friends and family, I would never trust their judgement on things like this because everyone’s healthcare experience is different. The only things I would take advice on from them would be cleanliness and the type of facilities.