ER Wait Time: 24 minutes | If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.

Emergency Medicine

Please remember that the Emergency Room should not be used as a COVID-19 Testing Site. If you have been exposed to COVID or if you have only mild symptoms, please utilize one of the many COVID-19 testing sites available in New Jersey.

The New Jersey Department of Health provides details for more than 100 testing sites and is available by clicking the link: DOH website

Obtaining your COVID-19 testing at one of these dedicated sites will help reduce the strain on all the over-burdened Emergency Departments in New Jersey.

About Our ER Wait Time
ER wait time is the average wait time for a patient to see a registered nurse during the triage (evaluation) process in our ER. After patients are triaged (evaluated), they are seen by qualified medical professionals in priority order, according to their medical condition and reason for visit. Times are approximate and provided for information purposes only.

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GetCareNow – Reserve Your ER Arrival Time

For life-threatening emergencies call 9-1-1

Let us know you’re coming. Select your emergency room arrival time and wait at home until your time to be seen.

At Saint Michael’s Medical Center, we strive to make it easier for you to handle life’s unexpected events. This service is just one more way that we are transforming the healthcare experience.

Emergency Department

Saint Michael’s Medical Center Emergency Department is open and available for your urgent medical needs and whenever you require immediate medical attention.

We understand you may be concerned about visiting the emergency room because of COVID-19. We want you to know that your safety is our primary concern at Saint Michael’s Medical Center. Please watch the video above with Dr. Ramy Yakobi, the chair of our Emergency Department. He’ll take you on a virtual tour of our Department to show you how we’re keeping patients safe in the age of COVID-19, including requiring masks, frequent hand washing and cleaning, social distancing and keeping patients with infection separated.

Please don’t put your healthcare on hold out of fear. We’re here for you.

Saint Michael’s Medical Center’s Emergency Department has among the shortest wait times of any hospital in the Greater Newark region. Your time to see our highly qualified medical staff will be measured in minutes not hours. If admission to the hospital is required, you will be admitted via a special admissions unit so you won’t wait for a bed.

Saint Michael’s has the most modern, up-to-date Emergency Department in the region. Our 27,000-square-foot facility has 39 private treatment bays as well as two resuscitation rooms equipped with state-of-the art equipment. Last year, the Emergency Department had more than 47,000 visits.

Saint Michael’s Emergency Department is staffed by board-certified physicians with extensive training in emergency medicine as well as certified physician assistants. Our nursing staff consists of highly trained and certified emergency nurses and emergency department technicians. Dr. Ramy Yakobi, the chair of our ED, has years of experience in big city emergency rooms.

A dedicated room for state-of-the-art imaging, including CT scanning and X-ray equipment, is located within the Emergency Department, so we can diagnose your injuries immediately.

Saint Michael’s Emergency Department is also experienced in treating ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI), a very serious type of heart attack in which one of the heart’s major arteries (one of the arteries that supplies oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the heart muscle) is blocked. In these cases, time is of the essence. Our full-service cardiac surgery center with a cardiac catheterization lab ensures that you will be treated quickly, increasing the odds of survival.

When you are discharged from the Emergency Department, we will connect with your doctor and if you don’t have one, we can assign one to you to ensure continued health. Saint Michael’s is affiliated with some of the top medical specialists in the region.

Though Saint Michael’s is located in the heart of bustling downtown Newark, the Emergency Department is conveniently accessed through a visitor driveway with on-site parking. A walk-in entrance provides added convenience for family members and visitors.

We understand that nobody likes going to the emergency room. But rest assured that when you visit the Emergency Department at Saint Michael’s, our compassionate medical staff will work to get you better, faster.

Private Treatment bays offer acute patients greater privacy

Fast Track zone allows for more efficient patient care

Fast Track zone allows for more efficient patient care

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