WVMC is a level 4 trauma center that cares for over 200 trauma patients every year. The ED staff and Physicians train to give amazing care in all critical situations. Reducing the time for our patients to receive emergency treatment has been the focus of many recent changes within Willamette Valley Medical Center’s Emergency Department. Our ER has seen tremendous growth in our number of patient visits over the last year which has motivated and challenged us to create new opportunities to decrease wait times and over all lengths of stay. These opportunities include the addition of a Fast Track Program, increase in the number of exam rooms, and increase in our staff.
Fast Track = Reducing the Wait
WVMC’s Fast Track Program provides care during the busiest times of day which allows us to treat less-emergent patients quicker. Fast track is staffed with dedicated staff to help expedite treatment with a goal of 90 minutes or less. How does the Fast Track improve WVMC’s ED? By treating the less-emergent patients quicker it allows for more bed availability and quicker treatment for those patients with more emergent needs and decreases a patient’s overall ED length of stay.
Increase in Staff = Reducing the Wait
One ED Physician, 2 Nurse Practitioners, and 11 new ED staff members have joined the department within the last few months and has allowed us to substantially decrease the response time for our patients. We have increased our staff by 25% each day allowing our patients to receive care faster and preparing our department to meet the needs of everyone that walks through our doors. WVMC ED has telemedicine for acute stroke patients and critical pediatric patients to consult with an OHSU /Doernbecher physician in real time.