Emergency Care for Heart Attack, Stroke and Other Conditions
When you or someone near you faces a medical emergency, quickness and experience are extremely important. 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 the care you need as quickly as possible.
"ED volume has increased steadily over the last few years," says David Soria, MD, Chief of Emergency Medicine. "We realized we could improve the patient experience by expediting patient flow, which requires a commitment from nearly every department."
Coming Soon — Westlake Emergency Services
Westlake Emergency Services, an extension of Wellington Regional, is a freestanding emergency department currently under construction at 16600 Persimmon Boulevard at the intersection of Seminole Pratt Whitney Road. It is on track to open in early January 2019.
Westlake Emergency Services will be staffed 24/7 with an ER physician and appropriate ancillary staff and will be capable of treating general emergency cases from cuts and bruises to heart attacks and strokes, with the ability to airlift patients to the main hospital if needed.
The completed facility will be over 10,000 square feet with a total of 11 treatment spaces, including:
- Eight examination rooms
- One triage room
- Three rapid medical exam bays
- A special procedure room
- Waiting area
- Computed tomography (CT)
- Digital radiology
- Onsite laboratory
- EMR system
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 laboratory work and radiology tests are ordered. The hospital's electronic medical record system helps healthcare professionals expedite care.
"We track each patient's journey 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."
In addition, a fast track is available for patients with minor colds and illnesses.
Comprehensive Range of Emergency Services
Wellington Regional's spacious Emergency Department 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. We are specially trained to assist equestrians and an orthopedic surgeon is on-call to treat orthopedic injuries.
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. Emergency Department has a dedicated patient liaison to ensure all of your patient care needs are met.
Know the Signs of a 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 9-1-1 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
Wellington Regional Medical Center has been designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.
Know the Signs of a Possible Heart Attack
Here are the most common signs of a possible heart attack. If you or someone near you shows any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately. Quick treatment increases your chance for a positive outcome.
- Severe pressure, fullness, squeezing, pain 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 or 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
The Cardiology Department at Wellington Regional Medical Center has a team of highly trained medical professionals that use advanced technology to diagnose and treat a variety of cardiac disorders.