ER wait times

Go to the ER or call 911 if you are experiencing the following symptoms:
  • Chest pain, difficulty breathing
  • Severe headache, numbness / weakness / clumsiness, loss of vision
  • Uncontrolled or heavy bleeding or bone fracture/dislocation
  • Head injuries, abdominal pain

In an emergency, you don’t have time to spare. Edward-Elmhurst Health wait time calculators make it easy to find out how busy our emergency departments are before you arrive.

Inside our Emergency Departments and our freestanding emergency center, streamlined processes connect patients with board-certified emergency medicine physicians and specially trained nurses as quickly as possible.

How do we calculate our average wait times?

Our emergency department wait time calculations are based on the “door to treatment” time—the average estimated length of time starting from when you check in at the ER to the time you are placed in a patient care area and treatment begins. The times are updated every 15 minutes, based on actual wait times from the preceding 60 minutes.

Actual times can vary due to a number of circumstances. For example, patients who arrive at our emergency departments with life-threatening injuries or illnesses are treated immediately upon arrival, which may affect your wait time.


Average Wait Times
Wait times are estimates and based on averages of the preceding 60 minutes. They are updated every 15 minutes. Patients who arrive with life-threatening injuries or illnesses are treated immediately upon arrival, which may affect your wait time. Learn about our average wait times calculation here.

For additional care options, please reference our levels of care guide to match your symptoms to the appropriate level of care.