Emergency Department

ER

When you or someone near you faces a medical emergency, quickness and experience are of utmost importance.

Wellington Regional Medical Center's Emergency Department offers both — qualified and well-trained emergency physicians and other healthcare professionals, and a streamlined evaluation and treatment process so you can get in and out of the emergency department as quickly as possible.

"ED volume has increased steadily over the last few years," says David Soria, MD, Chief of Emergency Medicine. "We realized that we could improve the patient experience by expediting patient flow, which requires a commitment from nearly every hospital department."

Reduced Wait Times in the Emergency Department

Reducing wait times begins with a shortened registration process that may include bedside registration. Patients are quickly triaged -- evaluated to assess the severity of their illnesses and injuries -- then admitted to a room. There, they are examined by a healthcare provider and all lab work and radiology tests ordered. The hospital's electronic medical record system helps healthcare professionals expedite care.

"We track each patient's journey through our ED from the time the patient is triaged," Dr. Soria says. "Screens in the ED tell us where the patient is at any given time and how long they have been there. We know when the patient is having a scan and when test results are back."

Comprehensive Range of Emergency Services

Wellington Regional's spacious 37-bed ED offers rapid response heart attack treatment, a stroke team on standby and teleneurology services that can bring a neurologist to the bedside 24 hours per day, seven days a week  to help assess and treat patients. While efficiency is a focus, high-quality care and safety are always priorities. The staff is committed to providing personalized and compassionate care and to taking the time to make sure patients understand their conditions and treatments.

Know the Signs of Possible Stroke

Following are the most common signs of possible stroke. If you or someone around you show any of these signs, don't wait. Call 911 immediately. The quicker you receive treatment, the better your chance of a positive outcome.

  • Weakness or numbness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Confusion or difficulty speaking or understanding
  • Problems with vision such as dimness or loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • Dizziness or problems with balance or coordination
  • Problems with movement or walking
  • Severe headaches with no other known cause

Know the Signs of Possible Heart Attack

Here are the most common signs of a possible heart attack. If your or someone near year shows any of these signs, call 911 immediately. Quick treatment increases your chance for a positive outcome.

  • Severe pressure, fullness, squeezing, pain and/or discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes
  • Pain or discomfort that spreads to the shoulders, neck, arms, or jaw
  • Chest pain that increases in intensity
  • Chest pain that is not relieved by rest or by taking nitroglycerin
  • Chest pain that occurs with any/all of the following (additional) symptoms:
  • Sweating, cool, clammy skin, and/or paleness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Unexplained weakness or fatigue
  • Rapid or irregular pulse