With 49,000 patient visits annually and innovative programs like Doc at the Door and Code STEMI to expedite emergency care, Parma Hospital’s Emergency Department focuses on excellent, personalized care for acute and sub-acute cases. All physicians in this department are Board-certified in emergency medicine.
The state-of-the-art ED was renovated and expanded in 2004, more than doubling its size, as the number of cities under Parma Hospital’s medical control grew. The unit was recently renovated to remove the registration area, improving convenience for patients who are registered at the bedside.
Doc at the Door
From 1-10 p.m. everyday, patients are generally assessed within 30-minutes of arrival by a physician-led team that includes a nurse, paramedic and technician. Quick triage allows the team to provide a preliminary diagnosis and order testing before the patient is even escorted to a treatment room.
Parma Hospital offers the fastest heart attack care in the entire region, made possible by the community collaboration of the hospital’s emergency personnel and local EMS. Heart attack patients are rushed immediately to the Cardiac Catheterization Lab through technological advances that allow the ED physician to view an EKG prior to the patient’s arrival in an ambulance. For any patient with an ST-elevated myocardial infarction (heart attack), the ED physician calls a Code STEMI, which triggers a team response to expedite care.
Certified Stroke Center
In 2010, the Joint Commission that accredits hospitals nationwide gave a Gold Seal of Approval to Parma Hospital's stroke program. When a stroke patient arrives in the ED, the Stroke Team is activated to respond and expedite lab and imaging results.
A sub-acute unit is available from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. everyday for expedited care of patients with non-emergent complaints such as sore throats, sinus infections and minor injuries.
Clinical Decision Unit
The ED contains a specialized unit for patients who need additional testing and treatment but not admission to the hospital. The CDU is a 23-hour observation unit for patients whose chief complaints are conditions such as chest pain, asthma, dehydration and allergic reactions.