Get Back to Life Faster: ER Near Me
When my daughter was younger, emergency clinics became part of our routine. She had asthma, and when it got bad, we always went in. From there, the doctor decided if she needed to go to the hospital. Other times, I’d be the one going in for anything from minor injuries to major illnesses. We both needed care fast, usually on the weekends, and a lot of times at night. The experience was never a good one; it took forever.
But that emergency room experience is changing, and the doctor who’s leading the charge lives close to the patients he serves at ER Near Me off Hulen.
Dr. Mihir Talati wants to give patients in his community the care he’d want his kids to receive in an emergency room situation. “We go the extra mile,” he said. “We provide a compassionate and caring atmosphere where patients are seen quickly.”
Speed is of the essence when a family member is sick. And that’s one of the biggest differences between this new Concierge Emergency Room and other stand-alone clinics.
Dr. Talati says they’re able to see patients usually within five minutes and get lab work back in 15. That’s an incredible time difference from a traditional ER hospital where wait time for lab results is typical hours. ER Near Me also has emergency room trained nurses and the ability to do X-rays, ultrasounds, and CT scans.
But, for many parents, the best part of the service is that it’s always opened — 24/7 and 365 days a year. So the next time a Thanksgiving football game turns into a busted lip that might need stitches, the question of where to get care is an easier choice than choosing your slice of pie. And that football player will probably be home in time to have more turkey for dinner.
Dr. Talati says a few weeks ago a TCU dad was in town helping his daughter move into her dorm room when he a bad asthma attack. Instead of going to the typical ER, he went to see Dr. Talati at ER Near Me. The dad was seen immediately, treated properly, prescribed a prescription from a local pharmacy, and finished the ER visit quickly enough to get back his daughter and their car full of moving boxes.
What Dr. Talati enjoys most about his job, is that he gets to make a difference locally — whether it’s a TCU family or some of his kids’ former teachers from Tanglewood Elementary.
“I enjoy talking with my patients and alleviating their suffering because it’s my community,” said Dr. Talati. “I have a vested interest in that.”
Building relationships with the community and utilizing existing ones also allows Dr. Talati and the team at ER Near Me to connect patients with specialists they know and trust. So when a kid needs a cardiologist, Dr. Talati can quickly send a text or email to that local specialist to see if she’s accepting new patients.
“I’d just love to be able to call a cardiologist on my cell phone and say ‘I have this patient, when can you see them?’”
When it comes to costs, which can be hefty and unknown in emergency room situations, ER Near Me takes the time to explain the billing process completely and takes most commercial insurance, excluding Medicare and Medicaid.
“We aim to be very transparent about billing and the financial aspect,” said Dr. Talati. “Patients and families should be concerned about their health, not the cost, during their time of need. Our administrative team, and a specifically designated patient advocate, is available and happy to answer any questions at any time.”
This new modern, comfortable, and family-focused facility at 5900 Hulen Street opened in July. ER Near Me has locations in Addison and Richardson, too, with two more opening up in Dallas later this year.
Nobody ever wants to go to the emergency room, but when something bad happens, get in and get out at ER Near Me and get back to life with help from local health care providers who care.
For more than a decade, Sarah Angle has worked as a Texas-based writer. She began her career as a daily newspaper reporter and photographer, and now splits her time between journalism and marketing communications. In 2014, she won first place from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia for her feature story “From the Land of the Lost.” The following year, she earned a fellowship from the Investigative Reporters and Editors organization and became a board member for the Society of Professional Journalists, Fort Worth chapter. Currently, she teaches in the School of Strategic Communication at TCU. Sarah lives in Fort Worth with her darling daughter and a house full of books and mid-century modern décor.