First Choice Emergency Room Continues Leading with Innovation: Providing Quick Access to Quality Emergency Care for Local Communities

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Interactive Whambulance Rolls into Spring, TX on July 13 and 14

The Whambulance Monster Truck Ambulance from First Choice Emergency Room

First Choice Emergency Room, the leading freestanding emergency room system in the United States, today announced a new program to familiarize consumers with their local ER facilities. As an innovator in health care, First Choice Emergency Room is bringing a branded monster truck, The First Choice ER Whambulance, to many of its facilities as an interactive means to introduce communities to the First Choice Emergency Room facilities as an alternative option should an emergency need arise.

The First Choice ER Whambulance will park outside the Louetta Road facility in Houston on July 13, 2012 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and the Spring, TX facility on July 14, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and welcome visitors to take a photo by the vehicle, sign up to win a remote control mini-Whambulance and even take a turn at racing the remote control truck. The Whambulance debuted at The Woodlands Fourth of July Parade. Complete with 66 inch tires, the converted 2005 Chevrolet Kodiak Heavy Duty Ambulance is now 14 feet tall, 13 feet wide and 25 feet long.

"We are excited to have the opportunity to invite the community and bring so many people to see the Whambulance and, at the same time, our First Choice ER facilities,” said Dr. Andrew Kretschmer, First Choice Emergency Room's Houston Regional Medical Director. “Our patients are particularly pleased with the quick access, almost immediate, to board-certified emergency physicians. Ultimately, it is the quality of patient care that has supported the growth of First Choice Emergency Room and we’re committed to continuing to provide this quality emergency care to our local communities."

The First Choice Emergency Room's most frequent patients are males 21 and under, so the monster truck is an interactive and highly relevant opportunity to engage with this key group, along with the larger community, and introduce them to the First Choice Emergency Room facilities.

First Choice ER physicians are board-certified and all nurses are emergency trained. The facility is equipped with state of the art diagnostic technology, including CT scanners, ultrasound machines, digital x-rays, and on-site COLA & CLIA accredited laboratories to handle emergency needs on the spot.

First Choice Emergency Room’s Spring facility is currently open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily and will extend to 24 hours, seven days per week in August. The facility is located 21301 Kuykendahl, Suite A in Spring, TX 77379 and can be reached at (281) 803-1000. Oscar Vela, MD is the facility medical director and earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and trained at Texas Tech University’s Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Vela is board eligible with the American Board of Emergency Medicine and serves as a clinical instructor at Texas Tech Health Science Center in El Paso. He is fluent both in English and Spanish.

First Choice Emergency Room’s Louetta Road facility is open 24 hours a day, seven days per week. The facility is located 10130 Louetta Road, Suite. L in Houston, TX 77070 and can be reached at (281) 301-3130. Derrick Mitchell, MD is the facility medical director and received his B.A. in Biochemistry at California State University Fresno and received his medical degree from John Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Mitchell is board-certified in emergency medicine.

For more information about First Choice Emergency Room, the Whambulance, or any of its facilities, please visit

Visit the Spring First Choice ER web page at or see a video tour at

Visit the Louetta Road First Choice ER web page at or see video tour at

About First Choice Emergency Room
First Choice Emergency Room ( is the leading freestanding emergency room system; it is both the largest and the oldest. First Choice Emergency Room is revolutionizing the delivery of emergency medical services for adult and pediatric emergencies, both major and minor. First Choice Emergency Room facilities are innovative, freestanding, and fully equipped emergency rooms with state of the art diagnostic technology (CT scanners, ultrasound, digital x-ray) and on-site labs. All First Choice Emergency Room locations are exclusively staffed with board-certified emergency physicians and emergency trained registered nurses. With eight locations in the Houston area, four in the Dallas/Ft Worth area and two in the Austin area, patients receive high-quality care and have an alternative to today’s overburdened hospital system.

For more information call (972) 899-6642 or contact Kristyn.Eldridge(at)

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