Expert Emergency Care for the Parma Community
University Hospitals Parma Medical Center’s Emergency Department (ED) focuses on excellent, personalized care for acute and sub-acute cases. All physicians in our ED are board certified in emergency medicine and use innovative programs including Doc at the Door and Code STEMI to expedite emergency care.
The ED was renovated and expanded in 2004, more than doubling its size, as the number of cities under UH Parma Medical Center's medical care 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 Connects Patients Quickly
From 1 – 10 p.m. every day, patients are generally assessed within 30 minutes of arrival by Doc at the Door, 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.
Code STEMI Activates Fast Response for Heart Attack Patients
At UH Parma Medical Center, we understand that time is especially critical during cardiovascular issues, so heart attack patients are rushed immediately to the cardiac catheterization lab.
Due to technological advances, ED physicians can now view an electrocardiogram (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 upon the patient’s arrival.
Our Code STEMI system has resulted in a dramatic improvement in door-to-balloon times. An average of 96 percent of patients that arrive to the emergency department and are experiencing an acute myocardial infarction (AMI), have a door-to-balloon time less than the national standard of 90 minutes.
Certified Stroke Center
The stroke program at UH Parma Medical Center has received the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission, an organization that accredits hospitals nationwide. When a stroke patient arrives in the ED, the stroke team is activated to respond, expediting lab and imaging results. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association also has recognized the hospital's quality stroke program.
Fast Track for Non-Emergent Cases
A sub-acute unit is available daily from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. 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 observation unit for patients who need additional testing and treatment, but not admission to the hospital. The Critical Decision Unit is a 23-hour observation unit for patients whose chief complaints are conditions such as chest pain, asthma, dehydration and allergic reactions.