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Brian Cote, DO

Board certified in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Brian Cote has practiced at Holland Hospital for 20 years in both emergency medicine and urgent care. He's currently the Medical Director of Urgent Care. After completing his residency at Spectrum Health - Butterworth Campus, Dr. Cote decided to make west Michigan home. He continues to cultivate his passion of urgent care - enriching the lives of patient's in his care.

Pink Eye

Apr 14, 2017

The term “pink eye” refers to ocular redness caused by inflammation to the eye or its surrounding tissues, such as the eyelids and the membrane lining the inner recesses of the eyelids (conjunctivae). Also known as conjunctivitis,...

What is Walking Pneumonia?

Mar 16, 2017

Walking pneumonia, (also referred to as atypical pneumonia) results from an infection in the lungs with signs and symptoms that often resemble other respiratory infections, quite similar to a cold. It is fairly common throughout t...

Recognizing a Heart Attack

Feb 16, 2017

February is American Heart Month, and much of this month will be spent talking of heart wellness and prevention of heart disease. Heart attacks remain a leading cause of mortality in both men and women. Because heart disease is so...

Cold-weather Injuries

Jan 12, 2017

Baby, it's cold out there. Let’s talk about cold-related injuries—including frostbite, hypothermia and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning—and how to be prepared for those bitter cold days ahead. Certain conditions put some people at g...

Accidental Wound Injuries; When to Seek Professional Care

Dec 15, 2016

There are a variety of injuries that can occur to our skin and other soft tissues, like the mouth and tongue, which may require professional care. There can also be injuries to underlying tissues, including adipose tissue (fat), m...

Influenza: Do We Really Need a Flu Shot?

Oct 27, 2016

Yes folks, it’s that time again! Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year are just around the corner. But that also means that the dreaded flu season is lurking around the corner, too. Every year around this time we enc...

Heat Emergencies: Know the Signs

Aug 5, 2016

As I write this blog on heat-related emergencies, the nation is experiencing one of the hottest summers in recent history. The elevated temperatures and high heat index are cause for concern for many across the nation. Forecasters...

Head Injuries & Concussion (Part 2)

Jul 20, 2016

In our last blog, we defined and described signs, symptoms and initial evaluation of concussions. This month, we’ll talk about treatment, activity restrictions and prevention of head injuries. To summarize, concussion is a mild br...

Head Injuries & Concussion (Part 1)

Jun 15, 2016

As warmer weather approaches, we become more physically active, especially outdoors. It's also a time that emergency departments and urgent care centers are treating more head injuries. Head injuries occur in all ages. The vast ma...

Do I need an X-ray?

May 18, 2016

From a sports-related incidence to stumbling on uneven ground, a twisted, sprained or broken ankle happens quickly and causes plenty of pain. Most ankle injuries don’t involve fractures or dislocated joints, but nonetheless are pa...

What to Expect with Sore Throats

Mar 8, 2016

Sore throats are a popular reason for patients being seen at urgent care. Often they’re not serious, but simply uncomfortable. Allergies or germ infections may cause sore throats. They can occur all year, but a majority of patient...

When is Chest Pain Dangerous?

Jan 11, 2016

Chest discomfort is one of the most worrisome reasons why persons seek care from a physician. It can affect people of all ages and can stem from many causes. Thankfully, the majority of patients who experience chest discomfort do ...

How to Decide: Emergency Department vs Urgent Care

Sep 8, 2015

Whenever an unexpected illness or injury occurs, a decision is required: where to receive a medical evaluation and treatment? Many times your private physician’s office may be able to accommodate an urgent medical problem on the s...