Despite their many advantages, one prominent downside of hospital waiting rooms is they can take hours for emergency care due to capacity. But now, residents have a free-standing emergency room always at the ready, right in the heart of Garden Oaks.
Dr. Foye Ikyaator founded Life Savers Emergency Room in 2015 to provide a safe and comfortable environment for communities to receive emergency medical care without having to experience long wait times in a bustling hospital emergency room. Now opening its second Houston-area location in the Garden Oaks Shopping Center at 3820 N. Shepherd Dr., Life Savers provides hospital services for patients who are in need and have developed an observation program that saves patients thousands of dollars in hospital fees while allowing them the comfort of receiving personalized one-on-one care with a team of dedicated health care providers.
“We’re here, and we’re ready for the community whenever they need us,” Ikyaator said of the clinic, which opened its doors Dec. 23.
Ikyaator and her staff offer the same services found in a typical hospital – CT scans, X-rays, certified nurses, 24-hour radiologists and doctors, on-site pharmacy and more – all within a several-minute drive of local residents. Ikyaator said most patients would rather avoid the hospital at all costs, and Life Savers can provide them that care with a minimal wait.
“Doctors are able to treat patients the same way they would in an emergency room, and our services are dedicated to just our patients,” Ikyaator said. “In a normal hospital, all departments are going to one lab – here, we have one department, so all equipment is dedicated to our ER patients. Patients like its convenience.”
Life Savers also partners with doctors in the area who will travel to see their patient – as opposed to the patient needing to come to them – such as those at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights and surrounding care centers.
“We build relationships with the community doctors, and we like them participating in our patients’ care,” Ikyaator said. “It’s more like a family-oriented and close-knit patient care program. We do need backup.”
Life Savers’ original location is in Tomball. Since opening in December 2015, Life Savers has provided care to more 10,000 emergency-room patients.
“You want to provide a service where it’s needed, and the Garden Oaks/greater Heights community really didn’t have a facility like this,” Ikyaator said. “If someone has issues in the middle of the night, they have to go across 610. There’s a need for it here, so we felt like if we could provide something the community needs and a spot for it, we’d be a good fit here.”
Patients can walk-in at any hour of the day or call 281-766-8911.