St. Mary’s Emergency Services is a 45-bed unit that offers state-of-the-art, quality care by staff members specially trained in emergency medicine.
St. Mary’s Emergency Services is a 45-bed unit that offers state-of-the-art, quality care by staff members specially trained in emergency medicine. The department features a designated Level II Trauma Center, triage, Express Care and private patient care rooms. Two dedicated radiology exam rooms and a CT scanner are located in the department to provide immediate access to services.
Emergency Services is located on the ground floor of the Regional Heart Institute building. Features include a rooftop helipad for aerial transport of patients, elevator designated for emergency use only, private drive for ambulance unloading, valet parking and front entrance for patient loading and unloading.
St. Mary’s Medical Center is a Level II Trauma Center, designated by the West Virginia Office of Emergency Services and verified by the American College of Surgeons, specializing in the care and rehabilitation of the critically injured through comprehensive surgical and medical specialties. The department provides specialized trauma care around the clock in three state-of-the-art trauma bays, utilizing a team approach to care led by emergency physicians and board-certified trauma surgeons who consult with specialists from related fields, such as anesthesiology, neurosurgery and orthopedics.
St. Mary’s triage allows staff members to categorize patients based on their need for medical attention to ensure that those who are critically ill or injured are treated as soon as possible. Triage is staffed with specially trained registered nurses 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When the clinical area of the ER is at capacity, nurses in triage can perform preliminary testing to speed treatment time.
St. Mary’s Express Care is an eight-bed unit designed for patients with minor illnesses or injuries. If triage determines that the patient’s injury is minor, he or she will go to Express Care for faster treatment. The unit is open from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. seven days a week.
St. Mary’s has been nationally recognized for its commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. St. Mary’s Medical Center has received Chest Pain Center accreditation with PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) from the American College of Cardiology and is also one of only 225 hospitals nationwide to receive the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award.
St. Mary’s Copmprehensive Stroke Center is the only program of its type in the Tri-State with a Comprehensive Stroke Certification from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), a national independent accreditation organization recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The center provides immediate care for patients with stroke symptoms, which can help reduce the effects and risk of long-term disability. When a patient arrives in St. Mary’s Emergency Room with stroke symptoms, a “stroke alert” is called and the stroke team organizes. These highly trained professionals are dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of strokes.
To ensure confidentiality, patient care rooms in Emergency Services are private. Each room features monitors for patient vital signs, computers for bedside registration, chairs for visitors and flat-screen televisions. The department also has a family support room where family members can go for physician consultations and private discussions, including spiritual support.
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