Monday on KFYO Mornings with Dave King and Matt Martin Chris Lancaster, Vice President of Operations at Covenant Medical Center, and Dr. Daniel Berman, an emergency room doctor at Covenant Medical Center, joined Dave and Matt for the first of their explanations to come this week helping people understand the differences between full-fledged hospital emergency rooms and Urgent Care Centers.

The purpose of these interviews will be to help people understand the correct situations to go to a full hospital or urgent care centers depending on their price and the severity of the injury. Dr. Berman explained the origin of the free standing Emergency Rooms in West Texas, saying,

"This whole freestanding ER concept really started about 15 years ago in Dallas and Houston really as a response to terrible wait times and often bad experiences in the traditional hospital."

They went on to explain that since the locations in Lubbock have opened, such as the West Texas ER at 80th and Milwaukee, and the one at 102nd and Quaker, they have had a fantastic response from the public who can now go in and be seen and treated in under an hour in certain situations.

Lancaster and Berman also explained that they quickly learned that there was more to the business side of things and that insurance and medicare gave them trouble, so they merged with Covenant to help patients with the process.

Each day throughout this week Lancaster and Berman will focus on a certain topic such as the appropriate times to go to the hospital or urgent care centers, how much certain locations will cost, the insurance prices, and more.

Watch the full interview in the video above.

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