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Lake City Medical Center

Emergency Care

Lake City ER

When you need emergency services, count on Lake City Medical Center in Florida, where quality treatment is delivered as quickly as possible by physicians, nurses and providers who care about you. Our entire ER staff is dedicated to providing the highest level of care to the communities we serve, which is one of the reason that the readers of The Lake City Reporter voted us as Best of the Best in 2016.

The ER includes the main emergency room and an express care unit for minor illnesses and injuries. The emergency room offers service 24 hours a day, seven days a week to patients of all ages.

Our ER wait times are available on our website and by texting ‘ER’ to 23000 (message and data rates may apply; for more information, please visit

Our emergency room just got even faster

In an effort to the improve efficiency and effectiveness of the emergency room at Lake City Medical Center, we now have a check-in kiosk in our waiting room. How does the ER kiosk work?

The process is simple and takes just a few easy steps:

  • Patients will select their preferred language, either English or Spanish
  • Patients will check in by swiping a credit card or Florida driver's license. Patients who wish to check-in without scanning a card will manually type in their information
  • Patients will then enter their reason for visiting the ER

Check-ins will be kept in sequential order on an electronic log, ensuring that the arrival date and time are accurately reflected in the patient record. Patients will be taken in order of their arrival unless their reason for visit warrants accelerated processing.

ER wait times

ER wait times are approximate and provided for informational purposes only. If you are having a medical emergency, call 911.

The ER wait time represents the time it takes to see a qualified medical professional, defined as a doctor, doctor of osteopathy (DO), physician assistant (PA) or Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP).

ER wait times represent a four-hour rolling average updated every 30 minutes, and is defined as the time of patient arrival until the time the patient is greeted by a qualified medical professional. Patients are triaged at arrival and are then seen by a qualified medical professional in priority order based on their presenting complaint and reason for visit.

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