ELIZABETHTON, TN (WJHL-TV) – You will probably notice some changes in the emergency department at Sycamore Shoals Hospital in Elizabethton.
The medical facility recently completed a 12 week renovation including the waiting and check in area, the halls and rooms in the emergency area as well as a few new additions including a clinic for patients not needing critical care.
“While they may seem more cosmetic in nature, they’ve also changed the function, the way we work in the E-R. They’ve given us an area that we can dedicate to the care patients that are not critically ill.”, Vice President & CMO Dr. Kent Wright said, “That are more interested in the timeliness of their care. And we’ve made it to where our physicians can be very, very close to the patients. This has given us more time and more room to work with those patients that are critically ill, that do require admission to the hospital.”
Aside from brightening up the esthetics with new floors and partitions, one of the main goals was reducing the time that people had to spend in the emergency department.
“Since we have opened up this clinic, the time that is required for patients that don’t require in patient treatment has been significantly decreased. We’re very, very close to the top 10 percent performers in our nation.”, Wright said.
Recently, the total time in the emergency department at Sycamore Shoals for this clinic was 112 minutes. The hospital’s goal for total patient time is 96 minutes, so they are very close to reaching their goal.
The other big addition during this renovation is a new piece of equipment that is a direct link from Sycamore Shoals to Niswonger Chirldrens Hospital. This cart can be wheeled directly into the room with the child and can link the doctors in the E-R with pediatricians at Niswonger.
“Since we have opened up this clinic, the time that is required for patients that don’t require in patient treatment has been significantly decreased. We’re very, very close to the top 10 percent performers in ur nation.”, Wright said, “This cart allows physicians in the Niswonger Childrens Hospital to see in our patients ears, look in their throat, and see their skin in high resolution color. In addition, it allows them to get a general exam and listen to their lungs in detail. It has saved many, many trips Niswonger for patients that are here locally in Elizabethton and other sites in the mountain cities.”
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