Emergency Care at Excela Health
When a medical emergency happens, it’s good to know that help is close by. With the right technologies. The right services. And emergency medicine physicians and nurses who are dedicated to the care of patients with broken arms and “broken” hearts to stroke or sudden pain and more.
Our emergency care at Frick, Latrobe and Westmoreland hospitals has received national recognition for achieving excellence in patient satisfaction. Through the rapid entry program, patient waiting times are shortened and care is delivered more efficiently. Recently, all emergency departments were renovated, reconfiguring space to accommodate patient and staff flow, adding new technologies, and instituting best practices.
DID YOU KNOW ... The Excela Health Emergency Departments are among the first in the nation and the front runners in Pennsylvania achieving accreditation for Point-of-Care (POC) ultrasound from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). Recognition in ACEP's Clinical Ultrasound Accreditation Program (CUAP) came within months of the program's debut in June 2015, but was based on years of competency development within our emergency departments along with support from Excela's charitable foundations and radiologists. To achieve this accreditation, the emergency physicians at Excela Health had to provide extensive documentation of their training and quality assurance measures. These were then reviewed by a national board of experts in emergency ultrasound. Accreditation by CUAP is given to programs that meet the high standards established by the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Reasons to Seek Emergency Care
In some instances, waiting to seek care can be devastating, even fatal. According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, symptoms that can’t wait for treatment include:
• Difficulty breathing
• Chest pain or pressure
• Uncontrolled bleeding
• Coughing or vomiting blood
• Sudden or severe pain
• Major injuries, such as broken bones
• Sudden facial drooping or weakness in an arm or leg
For these symptoms or any health problem you believe is life threatening, call 9-1-1 or get to the nearest emergency room
Lifeline® Emergency Response Program
Emergency Response Program is an easy-to-use, personal response service available through Excela Health hospitals. The program allows for assistance and emergency help for older adults or those at medical risk 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It offers the subscriber a more independent lifestyle while giving families, who may not live in the immediate area, peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are never farther away from help than the push of a button. For more information about Lifeline®
, call 724-542-1870.