Emergency Medicine

Our Emergency Department is staffed all day, everyday with physicians, comprehensive laboratory services*, diagnostic and imaging service, and pharmacy support. We provide basic and advanced emergency services including resuscitation and stabilization.

As part of a Level I Trauma Center and teaching institution, the Emergency Department partners with an array of medical services to provide world-class and comprehensive care to its patients.

The 100,000 square foot facility is located on the sub-level of University Hospital. A large, attached ambulance bay provides a direct access to the ED floor while an airlife landing pad on the tower rooftop provides direct access to the ED. This venue provides a well-rounded and well-equipped resource to our faculty, students, residents, and fellows while they provide patient care.

Individuals seeking emergency medical should call 911 and/or refer to visit the UH Emergency Department website

Fast-Track and Mid-Track Units

Our providers staff the ER’s Fast-Track and Mid-Track Units, which provide urgent care to patients with non-life threatening injuries. Our highly-trained advanced practice providers are available round-the-clock care to treat our community. Residents and medical students have the opportunity to gain experience in an urgent care setting alongside experienced medical providers. This team of professionals will help determine the best course of action for our patients 18 years or older.

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One-Stop Diagnostic & Imaging Resources:

  • CT Imaging
  • MRI
  • Bedside ultrasound
  • Angiography

Accreditations & Certifications Impacting the UHS Emergency Department.

  • Level I Trauma Center
  • Level I Pediatric Trauma Center
  • American Heart Association/American Stroke Association-Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • Accredited Chest Pain Center
  • Pediatric Burn Unit
  • American Heart Association- Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center
  • South Texas Comprehensive Epilepsy Level 4 Center

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Acute & Major Care

Our Department offers a full range of emergency services including resuscitation and stabilization of critically ill or injured patients.  We are capable of providing advanced resuscitation and airway management techniques using the latest in medical practice and technology.  Our residents and attending providers treat patients with high and complex acuities, which is an excellent resource for resident training.

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

As the physician practice for the University Childrens Health (UHS) Pediatric Emergency Department, our doctors are honored to care for your children’s emergencies.  We staff the department 24 hours, 7 days a week.  Our core group of providers are board-certified in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and come to us from highly regarded academic and clinical backgrounds.  As the newest operational section within the Department of Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Medicine has tremendous opportunities for growth in clinical care and education. 

For more information about UHS Pediatric Emergency Department, please visit UniversityChildrensHealth.com.

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Observation Medicine

Observation Medicine is a rapidly developing field of Emergency Medicine which promises to provide flexibility and innovation to a current healthcare system striving to deliver the best quality of patient care in the most cost-effective manner.

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Dr. Christina Bird

Medical Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine

Phone: (210) 567-4701