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First Choice Emergency Room

Austin - Riverside LOCATION


2020 E. Riverside Drive

Austin, TX 78741


Open 24 Hours


(737) 717-4100


First Choice Emergency Room is the nation’s leading freestanding emergency room system; it is both largest and the oldest. 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.

Our Austin-Riverside ER is located on the north side of East Riverside Dr, between Tinnin Ford Rd and Town Creek Dr.


Stephen Van Roekel, D.O.

After graduating from Michigan State University, Dr. Van Roekel received his medical degree from Des Moines University in Iowa. He completed his emergency medicine residency at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Van Roekel has worked for First Choice Emergency Room since 2009 and currently serves as the Facility Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room – Austin Arboretum.