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Corpus Christi Medical Center - Bay Area

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Corpus Christi Medical Center - Doctors Regional

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Corpus Christi Medical Center - Northwest Regional

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Emergency Room (ER) Services

Corpus Christi Medical Center provides emergency services at four locations in and around Corpus Christi (three in Corpus Christi, one in Portland). Corpus Christi Medical Center’s Bay Area and Doctors Regional Emergency Rooms are designated Level IV Trauma Centers. This designation recognizes the hospitals’ efforts to better serve severely injured patients by significantly improving trauma care.  Both Bay Area and Doctors Regional hospitals have the necessary equipment and resources for trauma cases.

All of our emergency facilities provide 24/7 medical care. Our expert team of medical professionals can handle a broad range of medical needs. Our specialized triage system means minimal wait times and immediate diagnostic testing.

The Emergency Departments at Bay Area and Doctors Regional are Emergency Chest Pain Accredited Hospitals. For potential heart attack victims, these two facilities can receive 12-lead EKGs from EMS providers while they are transporting patients to the hospital. Heart attack patients often can bypass the ER and go right to the cath lab, saving precious minutes. Our facilities at Northwest and Northshore ER provide full emergency room services and can smoothly transfer patients who need admission to the hospital for further care.

Corpus Christi ER Locations

Our four ER locations in and around Corpus Christi are full-service emergency departments, ready to serve you, and each ER is capable of transferring or admitting patients to our hospitals. Our ER locations are:

Bay Area /The Heart Hospital Emergency Department
7101 S. Padre Island Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412
(361) 761-1000

Doctors Regional Emergency Department
3315 S. Alameda Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
(361) 761-1000

Northwest Emergency Department
13725 Northwest Blvd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78410
(361) 761-1000

Northshore Emergency Center
1702 Highway 181 North
Suite A-11
Portland, TX 78374
(361) 761-1000

See our Map & Directions for route information.

What is an Emergency?

Emergencies can come in many forms, from a broken arm to a bad stomach flu. When in doubt, call 9-1-1 or head to the ER. Here are just a few common symptoms that suggest a medical emergency:

  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Signs of a stroke (FAST: Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 9-1-1).
  • Wheezing or shortness of breath
  • Severe stomach or back pain
  • Sudden, severe headache
  • Loss of balance
  • Fainting or feeling faint
  • Numbness, tingling or paralysis
  • Any unusual or heavy bleeding
  • Severe nausea, diarrhea or vomiting, especially with signs of dehydration
  • High fever or a fever that occurs with a rash
  • Deep cuts, especially on the face
  • Bad burns or minor burns that cover a large area of the body
  • Any head, neck or eye injury
  • Confusion or other mental changes
  • Suspected poisoning
  • Bites or stings from venomous animals or insects (scorpions, some spiders and snakes)

Call 9-1-1 for an Emergency

If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or have someone drive you to the ER. Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER – if you feel worse along the way and get into an accident, you could end up causing an emergency for someone else.

If your symptoms are related to a potential heart attack or stroke, also call 9-1-1 – even if there is someone to drive you. Emergency medical technicians can begin assessing your condition, provide treatment on the way, and can alert our ER and cardiac teams to be ready. And an ambulance doesn’t get stuck in traffic.

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