Providing top-notch care while maintaining timely service can often be a challenge for large hospitals, especially those with overcrowded emergency rooms.

Elitecare Emergency Hospital, located at 2530 Gulf Freeway in League City, successfully strikes this balance by investing time and going the extra mile to present a thorough diagnosis for their patients.

Community Impact sat down with Dr. Tracy Antill, a physician at Elitecare Emergency Hospital, to discuss his background in medicine, what makes the hospital unique and his own patient story.

How did you get started in medicine?

Dr. Antill:
My interest in emergency medicine began when I worked as an EMT in high school and college. I was fascinated by the variety and unpredictability of the field. One moment you might be treating a minor sprained ankle, and the next you're attending to a critically ill patient. Emergency medicine allows you to choose your work environment and keeps every day unique.

What does practicing emergency medicine mean?

Dr. Antill:
Emergency medicine is a relatively young specialty. During residency, a significant portion of our training involves working in emergency rooms. This field isn't limited by age, sex or disease; it's all-encompassing. If it can happen to a human being, it's our job to take care of it.

What makes Elitecare Emergency Hospital unique?

Dr. Antill:
Our hospital stands out because we have the luxury of spending ample time at the bedside, working to diagnose complex cases. Anyone can order a CAT scan and identify acute appendicitis, but the challenge arises when all the tests come back normal, and the answer isn't clear. We are mindful of our patient's time and work to get them back to their busy lives as quickly as possible, which contributes to our strong reputation. Having more time with patients allows us to dig deeper for accurate diagnoses and build more meaningful relationships.

How does that extra time and care make a difference for patients?

Dr. Antill:
Building relationships leads to more genuine conversations. Trust isn't just about patients and families trusting the doctor; it's also about the doctor trusting the patient. Here, we have the time and the patience to slow down and provide the necessary bedside care.

What is an example of how this extra time and care affected a patient?

Dr. Antill:
During the early days of COVID-19, we established a robust testing process, handling batches of 10 to 15 people. We ensured each patient received attention from a physician's assistant. I encountered a patient recovering from COVID-19 who came to us for additional care after being discharged from another hospital. I was able to connect him with a specialist for fast, lifesaving treatments, thanks to the time and attention we dedicate to each patient, even in times of crisis.

Elitecare Emergency Hospital exemplifies how dedication to both thorough care and timely service can coexist in emergency medicine. By prioritizing patient relationships and investing the necessary time for accurate diagnoses, Elitecare sets a high standard in the healthcare community. Patients can trust that they will receive not only prompt attention but also the comprehensive care they deserve.

To learn more about the Elitecare Emergency Hospital difference, visit the website.

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