Letter from the President: Getting the Most out of Emergency Care
It is said that the emergency room is a hospital's front door, since it is often a person's first experience with a medical provider. Certainly, people are going to the emergency room more than ever. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of emergency department visits increased by 18 percent -- from 93.4 million to 110.2 million visits annually -- between 1994 and 2004. More than half of all admissions to U.S. hospitals for conditions other than pregnancy and childbirth begin in the emergency room.
At the Lourdes Health System, we want each person's experience in our hospitals' emergency departments to be a good one. That is why we've made improvements at both Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County and Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center. We've added Fast Track areas to treat minor illnesses and injuries, and we've installed new information systems that enable us to track patients from the minute they walk in the door to the minute they are discharged -- and every step in between.
I invite you to read more on this topic and to call for our free guide on how to use an emergency department. No one ever likes to think about having an emergency, but it is always good to be prepared.