Our ED saves lives in this community every single day — it’s just that simple.
Along with the 20% increase in individuals seeking support for mental health crises today (versus 2015), the department overall, is experiencing increased volumes.
Presently over 80% of those treated in our ED are discharged, without being admitted as inpatients. With these ambulatory volumes, this area is literally bursting at its seams. The Charlotte & Lewis Steinberg Emergency needs more ambulatory treatment spaces that will facilitate best practices. This will equip us with the ability to provide patients therapeutic and safe care for a wide array of medical emergencies and allow the majority of them to go home to heal, rest or even isolate.
In addition, consider the flux of increasing falls and fractures during the first ice storm of the winter, or the spiking volumes of individuals looking for care during a pandemic, and every year when flu season hits, there is a surge of seniors and others who need help dealing with the pain and discomforts they experience. And of course, we can’t forget the role of our Emergency Department in assessing for COVID-19 and providing the first step in treating those who have the virus.