Patients Suffering Non-COVID-19 Emergencies, Such as Heart Attacks or Strokes,
Should Not Delay Care and Still Visit ER
Ensuring safe access to emergency medical care continues to be important,
even during a pandemic. Lake Huron Medical Center, a member of Prime Healthcare
hospitals, remains available to serve emergency needs for non-COVID related
issues. Patients should not delay care when needed, especially for conditions
where early diagnosis and treatment can be lifesaving, such as heart attack
and stroke. This is a public service message to communities and patients
to continue to seek care in your local emergency room for non-COVID conditions
when needed and our emergency rooms and physicians remain ready to care for you.
Recent trends suggest that patients are not seeking care for emergencies
and delays in diagnosis are leading to poor outcomes. Stay-at-home orders
issued by public health agencies make exceptions for those in need of
emergency medical treatments. Signs or symptoms of medical emergencies
should not be ignored. Those experiencing signs of a heart attack or stroke,
such as chest pain or sudden muscle weakness, should still call 911 or
visit the emergency room immediately.
“Our Emergency Department remains open, safe and ready to serve patients
and our community, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week,” said Jose Kottoor,
Chief Executive Officer of Lake Huron Medical Center, who added that the
hospital is concerned that some people might ignore danger signs and postpone
trips to the ER for fear of being exposed to the coronavirus. “We
are well prepared to handle non-COVID emergencies as well as able to deal
with an influx of potential COVID-19 cases, and are following all state,
local and federal guidelines to safeguard our staff and other patients
Lake Huron Medical Center has been rated a five-star facility by The Centers
for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and is a designated Level III
trauma center through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
This three-year designation means Lake Huron Medical Center is able to
treat patients with more serious, possibly life-threatening injuries.
Those experiencing mild flu-like symptoms should consult with their primary
care physician while taking precautions to self-isolate and limit contact
with family members while at home. If symptoms worsen, however, visit
an emergency room as soon as possible.
Information on the potential warning signs of a heart attack can be found here:
https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/heart-attack/warning-signs-of-a-heart-attack. For signs of a stroke, visit