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At the Detroit Medical Center, we get you home before others get you in. We guarantee that you will see a DMC Emergency doctor in 29 minutes or less. We’ve revolutionized the Emergency Room process, to ensure faster access to the finest care in southeast Michigan. You’ll find the best doctors waiting for you at the following hospital’s emergency departments:

DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan
3901 Beaubien Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 745-KIDS

DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital
4201 St. Antoine Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 745-3000

DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital
1 William Carls Drive
Commerce Township, MI 48382
(248) 937-3300

DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital
6071 W. Outer Drive
Detroit, MI 48235
(313) 966-3300

DMC Harper University Hospital
3990 John R
Detroit MI 48201
(313) 745-8040

ER wait times can change quickly depending on the urgency of patients that arrive by ambulance
. Detroit Medical Center provides care to patients with life-threatening illnesses first.

If you are not sure of the urgency of your problem or if you require immediate medical assistance, please call 911 or your local emergency number or go to the nearest emergency department.

Emergency Medicine: Why chose DMC?

If you have an injury or accident, you can rely on DMC to provide high-quality care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Level  I & II Trauma Centers

American College of Surgeons (ACS) Level I and II designation signifies that the hospital is able to treat any emergency patient, regardless of the severity of the injury. A trauma surgeon is available to respond rapidly 24 hours a day. Orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, emergency physicians and all ancillary services are also available.

Only five hospitals in Wayne County have earned Level I or II status, three of which belong to the Detroit Medical Center: DMC Sinai-Grace (Level II), DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital and DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan (both Level I.)

The Level I or II designation indicates that patients are quickly treated and transported to the operating room if needed. It also measures patient outcomes and continuous efforts at quality improvement.

Cardio Team One

Cardiac cases are by far the most common type of case handled by the Emergency Department (ED). The DMC team is dedicated to getting patients from the ED through completed treatment in the cath lab in less than 90 minutes, a national standard for quality of care.

DMC is home to Cardio Team One. DMC’s Cardio Team One has committed unprecedented effort and resources to ensure you won’t wait in an emergency. When a heart attack hits, time is muscle. Lost minutes mean lost heart muscle, which means longer odds of survival and longer recovery time for those who do.

Cardio Team One will treat its patients in half the national average standard time. You will be in recovery by the time doctors at other hospitals are merely starting to scrub in.

Learn more about Cardio Team One.

Board-certified specialists

Board-certified Emergency Medicine physicians staff the department, complemented by registered nurses trained and certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), trauma nursing and emergency pediatric nursing. In addition, the ED nursing staff receives extensive training in adult trauma care. Currently more than 90 percent of our nurses are certified.


For physician training, the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at DMC Sinai-Grace recently received accreditation status of three years. This three-year program provides specialty training to 36 residents each year.



What to Expect in the Emergency Department

Here is information to patients, friends and families understand what to expect at the Sinai-Grace emergency department, including:

When You Get Here

When you arrive at the Emergency Department (ED), a member of the ED Triage Team will greet you. A registered nurse (RN) will assess your status and assign you to the correct area of the ED. This process ensures that those persons who are the most ill or most severely injured can be treated first. This is why you may observe some patients who arrived after you, being seen and treated ahead of you. The staff will monitor your status even if you are not seen right away.

Our registration staff will ask you to provide information about your name, date of birth, personal doctor, employer and insurance coverage. The staff must confirm your information with each visit to be sure it is stored under the right person and is current. All of the information you provide is protected under the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Starting Your Treatment

You will see many health care team members in the ED: physicians, residents, nurses and techs. They will take your vital signs, ask many questions, take you to testing areas and keep each other informed about your status.

A doctor will see you as soon as he or she is able to do so. The doctor may have many patients to see and some may be sicker than others. The health care team will observe your status. We will keep the doctor informed of any changes that may need instant attention.

After Testing

Once we have all of the results from your testing, our emergency physicians will review these results and inform you and your family of the diagnosis and/or treatment plan. At this point, discharge, admission or transfer is determined.

Going Home

When the doctor decides that you can be discharged, please wait for a nurse to give you your discharge instructions.

These may include:

  • How to manage your symptoms at home.
  • What to expect as you recover.
  • When to see your doctor for follow-up care which is very important to maintain your health.
  • Prescriptions if needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can my family member come back with me after triage?

Not right away. To allow our staff complete access to you, we ask that all visitors wait until the primary work-up is done.

Can I have something to eat?

Not right away. Based on what you came in for, you may be asked not to eat until all your tests are done.

Will I be seen faster if I come to the ED by ambulance?

No matter how patients arrive, all patients are first triaged and then taken to the correct treatment team.

If I'm admitted to the hospital, how long will I have to wait for my bed?

Many patients need special kinds of beds on different floors based on the level of care needed. Availability of the right kind of bed and how sick you are, will impact how fast you get a bed. We will make you as comfortable as possible while you wait.

Can my family call and check on me?

Yes, but only some basic information can be given out by phone, due to the HIPAA privacy laws.

Are there visiting hours in the ED?

Your family and friends can visit you 24 hours a day while you are in the ED. The only time they will be asked to leave is between 7:00 and 8:00 in the morning and night for shift change. Visiting hours may also be limited during extreme emergencies for safety reasons, as well as during staffing changes, depending on patient volume levels.

Staying Informed

A patient representative is available for our patients and their families. He or she will assist visitors with entry into the ED and try to keep visitors informed of patients' progress. Please limit visitors to one per patient at a time. There are several public phones on the walls of the unit, as well as one portable phone which can be brought to you in your bed. Ask your staff for help to locate these phones.

NEW DMC Sinai-Grace Emergency Department

After two years, $77 million, 200,000 man hours, 1,085 tons of steel, 9,176 sheets of dry wall and 1,200 gallons of paint, DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital has officially opened the doors of its new state-of-the-art Emergency Department.
As the largest construction project in northwest Detroit in more than a decade, the 59,000-square foot space is more than double the size of the old ED. It features large, hard-walled, private treatment rooms, additional trauma rooms with advanced lifesaving equipment, a confidential Psychiatric Crisis Center and treatment areas designed for geriatric and pediatric patients.


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