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We all get sick or injured at some point, but do you
know the best place to go if you need care?

Often times, the Emergency Department (ED) is the first place we think to go when we wake up in the middle of the night sick, or when our doctor’s office is closed. While the ED may seem like the most convenient place to go, it may not be the best place to go based on symptoms. Below is a quick and easy guideline to follow if you or a loved one get sick or injured.

Stoplight graphic, red = go to ER, yellow = go to Urgent Care, green = go to Doctor

Where For Care When You Need Medical or Dental Attention?

Click a box for the list symptoms to help you determine where to go for care.

GO TO EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT OR CALL 911 FOR THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS:

  • Chest Pains Radiating to Arm or Jaw
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Slurred Speech
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Sudden Head Pain
  • Blurred or Double Vision
  • Seizures
  • Choking
  • Poisoning
  • Serious Accident or Injury
  • Bleeding That Won’t Stop
  • Severe Trauma to Face or Jaw
  • Severe Mouth Pain, Swelling, or Bleeding
  • Weakened Immune System
  • Sudden Numbness
  • Sudden Weakness
  • Severe Allergic Reaction
  • Can’t Move Face
  • Sudden Head or Neck Impact

CALL AFTER-HOURS NUMBER OR GO TO URGENT CARE FOR THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Minor Fractures
  • Eye Infections
  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
  • Sore Throat
  • Ear Ache
  • Bad Cough
  • Minor Burns
  • Minor Cuts
  • Minor Rashes
  • Throwing Up
  • Fever
  • Persistent Diarrhea
  • Pinkeye
  • Minor Allergic Reactions
  • Scratches or Scrapes
  • Major Toothache
  • Minor Mouth Swelling, Bleeding, or Sores
  • Foreign Body Stuck in Tooth or Gums

CALL DOCTOR’S OFFICE FOR THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS:

  • Cold or Flu Symptoms
  • Simple Aches and Pains
  • Minor Injuries
  • Sinus Infections
  • Help with Asthma
  • Help with Diabetes
  • Disease Management
  • Sports Physicals
  • Pregnancy Tests
  • Yearly Screenings
  • Vaccinations
  • Prescription Refills
  • Referrals
  • Well-Child Check Ups
  • Other Conditions That Can Wait for Doctor’s Appointment

CALL DENTIST’S OFFICE FOR THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS:

  • Toothache
  • Abscessed Tooth
  • Lost Filling
  • Broken, Cracked, or Chipped Tooth, Filling, or Crown
  • Lost or Knocked-Out Tooth, Filling, or Crown
  • Long-Term Tooth Pain
  • Tooth Sensitivity to Heat, Cold, or Pressure

Why is it so important to know where to go for care?

When you or a loved one is sick, time is precious. Knowing where the best place for care is based on symptoms can save you time and frustration. In fact, you might find that your doctor’s office prefers that you call them first before you decide anything, even if it’s in the middle of the night.  Your doctor knows you the best, which is why your doctor’s office is called your Medical Home.

In 2016, the Northern Michigan Community Health Innovation Region (NMCHIR), along with their partner healthcare organizations began work to help decrease Emergency Department use. The reason for this? Over half of Emergency Department visits nationally are estimated to be preventable and our community is no different. In 2016, 51% of Emergency Department visits in our region were recorded as being preventable or avoidable. When a visit is preventable or avoidable, that means a patient could have received better care somewhere else or could have prevented the Emergency Department visit by calling their doctor’s office first. By helping decrease this number the NMCHIR will help provide better, faster, appropriate care to all patients.

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The Northern Michigan Community Health Innovation Region (NMCHIR) is a community-based mechanism to improve community health composed of partners from many different sectors. With the support of the Northern Michigan Public Health Alliance, the backbone organization, partners of NMCHIR work together for a better population health and health care at lower costs.

This section is for Medical and Dental Care Providers

If you provide medical or dental care in Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, or Wexford County, this toolkit is provided to assist you with informing your patients on the best place to go for care based on their symptoms.

A host of tools, including posters, magnets, wallet cards, social media posts, badge stickers, and more, can be found by clicking the button below. These tools can be customized and branded with your logo and practice location.  Instructions on customizing all tools can be found in the toolkit.  We hope you find this toolkit useful for your practice.

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PRIMARY CARE PROVIDERS

Don’t have a doctor or primary care provider?  Use one of the links below to search for doctors who are currently accepting new patients in our community.

McLaren Northern Michigan – McLaren Northern Michigan has a network of over 230 physicians that represent nearly all medical and surgical specialties. Serving residents in 22 counties across northern lower Michigan and the eastern part of the Upper Peninsula, we bring quality care close to home in 15 outreach locations.

Munson Healthcare – Search nine Munson hospitals and more than 1,000 health care providers in northern Michigan, including physicians and advanced practice professionals in more than 70 specialties.

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) – FQHCs are always accepting new patients. The following FQHCs have multiple practices and providers in northern Michigan.

Alcona Health Center

Family Health Care

Northwest Michigan Health Center

DENTAL CARE PROVIDERS

For dental care, visit one of these providers:

Dental Clinics North

MCDC (My Community Dental Clinic)

Northwest Michigan Health Center

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Please note, the resources on this site do not cover all healthcare providers in our area.  Information is provided here as a connection to community resources and not an endorsement of any particular provider.