Our scope of emergency treatment ranges from caring for patients of all ages with minor illnesses and injuries to those with major trauma and critical care needs. We are a Level III emergency trauma department, which means we provide initial evaluation and stabilization (surgically if appropriate) to the trauma patient. Comprehensive medical and surgical inpatient services are available to those patients who can be maintained in a stable or improving condition without specialized care. Emergency physicians and nurses are immediately available, and surgeons within 20 minutes to assess, resuscitate, stabilize and hospitalize, or if necessary, initiate transfer to a higher level Trauma Care Service.
The Emergency Department is not like a doctor’s office, where patients are seen by appointment, in the order in which they arrive. In the emergency care setting, all patients are triaged, which means they are assessed to determine the level of care they need and the priority in which they will be seen. All of our patients are a priority to us! However, we will always see those patients who are critically ill first, and provide stabilization and treatment to them first. That is part of our mission in saving lives! In this environment of care, where lives literally hang in the balance, we strive as caregivers to attend to the needs of critically ill people and their families, as well as those who are not critically ill. All are important to us, and our goal to exceed expectations pertains to each and every patient we see.