Departmental Scope of Services

The The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Emergency Department (ED) is a 39-bed unit designed to meet emergent patient care needs based on severity. The ED is operational 24 hours/day and 365 days/year and cares for an annual volume of 50,000 patients.

Overview of Department Services

photo of a caregiver comforting a patientThe ED is divided into four zones to care for patients. Three zones of the ED are designated to care for the acutely ill patient in need of emergent care. Fast Track is an area of the ED that is operational during peak census times. The purpose of Fast Track is to care for the urgent care population.

The ED is supported by the emergency medicine physicians, nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, and unit clerks. Nursing staffs the unit to the standards of the Emergency Nurses Association and is supported on each shift by a patient care coordinator or a charge nurse.

Nurse documentation is electronic through the The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Emergency Department Module of the Meditech system. The ED nursing model in Meditech was designed by the nursing staff to meet the documentation needs of the ED nurse and patient care delivery. Having an electronic documentation system with access to patient medical records allows the medical staff to provide the most complete and comprehensive care for the patients.

Specialized Services

St. Joseph is a MIEMSS and Joint Commission certified Stroke Center. This designation validates that we are providing the best care possible to those patients effected by a stroke. Additionally, St. Joseph is supported by a stroke coordinator who advocates and supports our stroke patients and their patient care needs.

The ED provides expert care to the cardiac patients we serve in the community. The St. Joseph ED uses LifeNet to communicate with emergency medical providers in the field. LifeNet provides paramedics and emergency medical technicians the opportunity to transmit their EKG's to an ED physician for interpretation from the ambulance. Early transmission of EKG's provides the ED physician extra time to prepare for the patient and additional time to alert the cardiac interventionalist. We have built a solid reputation in caring for our cardiac population and have an expert cardiac catheterization program.

The EE has adopted lean principles to focus continuous quality improvements with the department and organization. The ED was awarded the Innovator of the Year Award in 2009 by The Daily Record for its successes in significantly decreasing patient length of stay for a cardiac patient by 40% and decreased ambulance diversion by 1,000 hours.

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