First Choice Emergency Room Houston/Briar Forest
Houston, TX

1717 Eldridge Parkway
Houston, TX 77077

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Facility Type:  Free-standing emergency room

Operated By:  First Choice Emergency Room


If you’re having an emergency, the last thing you need is a long drive over congested streets just to get to an emergency room – or a long wait when you finally arrive.

Texas-based First Choice Emergency Room is on a mission to change all that, with the help of investments by Medical Properties Trust.

This new facility in Houston, which opened in late June 2014, is strategically located in the western sector of the city. Open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, First Choice – Houston/Briar Forest is staffed with board certified physicians, radiology technicians and nurses with emergency room experience.

Usually, there is no waiting in this state-of-the-art facility, which is equipped a 16-slice CT scanner, X-ray machine, ultrasound equipment and its own lab. Treatment rooms are spacious and private – including one decorated to comfort children and another outfitted specifically to address women’s health issues.

CT scans can be completed and analyzed in 20 to 30 minutes, and a full cardiac workup on someone having chest pains can be accomplished in about an hour.

“This is clearly a trend across the country,” says MPT’s Executive Vice President and CFO Steve Hamner. “It’s responsive medicine – responding to people’s demand for an alternative to hours-long waits in an emergency room.”

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