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Pediatric ER open to public – Valley morning Star

HARLINGEN Super heroes, magicians, and colorful decorations set the scene last week for the unveiling of Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingens newest offering in its commitment to providing comprehensive pediatric healthcare to the community.

During the Valley Baptist-Harlingen Pediatric Emergency Ribbon Cutting event on Friday, August 4, hospital leadership with the help of government officials and the local area chamber of commerce shared the opening of the new dedicated, 12-bed pediatric unit with the community.

While adults toured the unit, children were treated to a bevy of activities, including magic shows, live science experiments, photos with their favorite super heroes, and tasty treats and snacks.

At Valley Baptist, we have had the privilege to serve the children of the Rio Grande Valley since 1925, and over the years we have added services to help meet the needs of our littlest patients, said Valley Baptist Health System CEO Manny Vela. To that mix, we now add the only dedicated, hospital-based Pediatric Emergency Room. We designed this 12-bed unit for families, and look forward to serving yours should they need emergency care.

Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell said new services provided by Valley Baptist-Harlingen will continue to benefit the community and improve the quality of life for local residents.

The continual improvement of Valley Baptist healthcare through the development of this new pediatric emergency room is an indicator of the great quality of life that we have in our community, Boswell said.

Harlingen resident and parent Jim Young said the new Pediatric Emergency Room should help put parents and young patients at ease during trips to the hospital.

Its important for parents to have a place that theyre confident in when their little one is sick or when an accident happens, because that can be a traumatic experience, he said.

Vela said the new Pediatric Emergency Room will help Valley Baptist-Harlingen achieve its goal of making sure local residents do not have to leave their community to receive quality healthcare.

One of our goals at Valley Baptist-Harlingen and Valley Baptist-Brownsville is to be differentiators in regard to the service lines that we offer. Even so, it goes deeper than that. Our goal is to offer services so that members of our community do not have to go north to receive any treatment whatsoever, he said. Were chipping away at that in a very deliberate and progressive way, and this is just one more example of how we continue in Cameron County to offer an outstanding level of care to our pediatric community. The Pediatric Emergency Room is a continuation of our commitment to our youngest residents.

Dr. Betzaida Gonzalez, Valley Baptist Emergency Room Medical Director, said upgrades like the Pediatric Emergency Room show a continued focus on expanding services at Valley Baptist-Harlingen.

This Pediatric Emergency Room is specific to the needs and concerns of children and their caretakers. Children will receive specialized attention during emergent situations that will allow parents to find comfort in the quality of the care their children are receiving, she said. Being able to provide these specialized services to the residents of our community shows commitment to the peace of mind and advancement of emergency care for our children.

According to U.S. Census Bureau reports from 2016, more than 31 percent of the population in Cameron County was younger than 18 years old. Caring for such a large portion of the community is what makes the Pediatric Emergency Room project so critical to providing quality healthcare, said Alan Johnson, Valley Baptist Board of Trustees Chairman.

This is something that has been needed for a long, long time, he said. We all know that we have a very young population here in the Valley, and thats all the more reason to open this unit. This is something that we need to take care of the young people in our community.

Now open, the Pediatric Emergency Room adds to the comprehensive pediatric care offered at Valley Baptist-Harlingen. In addition to offering the only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Harlingen, Valley Baptist-Harlingen also offers high-quality healthcare at the Matt & Patty Gorges Childrens Center.

The center, which is filled with colorful artwork and bright dcor to help raise childrens spirits during their stay, also includes a 14-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

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Emergency Room wait times are getting worse at UNM Hospital – KOAT Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.

Wait times at UNM Hospitals emergency room are getting worse.

The most recent information from UNMH is from April, and shows the average wait times for patients in the adult emergency room is nine hours and 30 minutes.

Thats two hours longer than it was a year before.

Its also more than double the national average of about four hours.

It takes such a long time, said Nyira Gitana, who took her friend to the UNMH emergency room Tuesday.

She said they spent 14 hours in the emergency room.

A spokesperson said the hospital has implemented changes in the last six months to improve wait times, but say the hospital is usually more than 90 percent full.

That means on its busiest days, there are more patients than available beds, and that could leave you waiting for a very long time.

Gitana said that is exactly what they experienced.

She had to lay on a gurney. It was horrible and there were no rooms, said Gitana.

Gitana also said the wait in the packed emergency room wasnt very pleasant.

I thought I was walking into a refugee camp, that’s how awful it was. Some of them were drunk, some of them were mentally ill, she said.

Gitana said APD officers and hospital security were doing what they could to control things, but said it was all very overwhelming.

Despite the long wait time, Gitana said she has no complaints about the care her friend received from the medical staff at UNMH.

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Valley Baptist-Harlingen Pediatric ER set to open – Valley morning Star

HARLINGEN Demonstrating its commitment to providing quality and comprehensive healthcare to the community, Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingens new Pediatric Emergency Room will open to receive patients on Monday, August 7.

The new, specialized unit within Valley Baptist-Harlingens existing Emergency Room will feature 12 dedicated pediatric beds in a pediatric-friendly environment designed to provide a more comfortable and secure setting for pediatric patients.

This Pediatric Emergency Room will include features designed for maximum safety and security specifically for children. Valley Baptist-Harlingen has been a leader in pediatric care in Cameron County. We have the only Pediatric ICU in the county, as well as the only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and only Pediatrics Department in Harlingen, said Valley Baptist Health System CEO Manny Vela.

Work on the Pediatric Emergency Room began in March and was celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony on March 13. During the event, hospital leadership joined Valley Baptist Board of Trustees members in rolling a variety of pastel paints chosen as part of the dcor for the new unit on a wall in hospitals Emergency Room.

Vela said the new Pediatric Emergency Room will help Valley Baptist-Harlingen achieve its goal of making sure local residents do not have to leave their community to receive quality healthcare.

One of our goals at Valley Baptist-Harlingen and Valley Baptist-Brownsville is to be differentiators in regard to the service lines that we offer. Even so, it goes deeper than that. Our goal is to offer services so that members of our community do not have to go north to receive any treatment whatsoever, he said. Were chipping away at that in a very deliberate and progressive way, and this is just one more example of how we continue in Cameron County to offer an outstanding level of care to our pediatric community. The Pediatric Emergency Room is a continuation of our commitment to our youngest residents.

Dr. David Sauceda, Chief of Pediatrics at Valley Baptist-Harlingen, said that providing a safe and separate area for children to receive emergency care demonstrates the hospitals commitment to area children.

Our children deserve their own space for emergency care, and we look forward to serving the community, he said.

Dr. Betzaida Gonzalez, Valley Baptist Emergency Room Medical Director, said upgrades like the Pediatric Emergency Room show a continued focus on expanding services at Valley Baptist-Harlingen.

This Pediatric Emergency Room is specific to the needs and concerns of children and their caretakers. Children will receive specialized attention during emergent situations that will allow parents to find comfort in the quality of the care their children are receiving, she said. Being able to provide these specialized services to the residents of our community shows commitment to the peace of mind and advancement of emergency care for our children.

According to U.S. Census Bureau reports from 2016, more than 31 percent of the population in Cameron County was younger than 18 years old. Caring for such a large portion of the community is what makes the Pediatric Emergency Room project so critical to providing quality healthcare, said Alan Johnson, Valley Baptist Board of Trustees Chairman.

This is something that has been needed for a long, long time, he said. We all know that we have a very young population here in the Valley, and thats all the more reason to open this unit. This is something that we need to take care of the young people in our community.

Once open, the Pediatric Emergency Room will add to the comprehensive pediatric care offered at Valley Baptist-Harlingen.

In addition to offering the only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Harlingen, Valley Baptist-Harlingen also offers high-quality healthcare at the Matt & Patty Gorges Childrens Center.

The center, which is filled with colorful artwork and bright dcor to help raise childrens spirits during their stay, also includes a 14-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

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Virtual ER Cuts Down on Wait Times at MedStar – NBC4 Washington

A Washington, D.C., hospital is using technology to cut down on emergency room waiting time.

Dr. Ethan Booker helped develop Tele-triage at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. From a command center in another part of the hospital, Booker can virtually visit patients who show up at the ER.

The idea is that the patient will get seen by a doctor faster and will get blood work done, radiology done, and so by the time we have an open room, everything’s resulted and it expedites the care, nurse Shannon Silsby said.

Since it began last year, Tele-triage has treated 15,000 patients. The hospital estimates ER wait times have been cut by more than 26 percent.

MedStar isn’t the only healthcare facility in the area using technology to make medicine more efficient. In the spring, Maryland Physicians Care rolled out an app with the capability to let patients text and video chat with ER doctors. The app allows members to ask the doctors questions and determine whether a trip to an emergency room is necessary.

Published at 5:37 PM EDT on Aug 2, 2017 | Updated at 7:47 PM EDT on Aug 2, 2017

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Emergency Room Wait Times Getting Longer in North Texas – NBC 5 – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

The next time you need to visit the emergency room, you might wait longer than usual.

The average wait time to see a medical professional inside a hospital emergency department in Texas is now 26 minutes, according to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

However, explosive growth in North Texas may keep you from seeing a doctor as fast as possible.

According to W. Stephen Love, president and CEO of the DFW Hospital Council, North Texas is experiencing explosive growth, and federal health care changes will likely lead to more uninsured residents, who he says go to the emergency department for primary care.

Love says right now, Texas leads the nation in uninsured patients.

“Most people who drive themselves to the emergency departments are really people seeking primary care. Primary care will be delivered, but it’s not the best place for primary care. It creates wait times,” he said.

Free-standing ERs affiliated with hospitals can alleviate some of the load, but he says free-standing ERs not owned by hospitals typically don’t treat patients on Medicare or Medicaid.

Love says they have little impact on wait times at the large hospital systems.

Your best bet, he suggests, is to know where to go.

“If you’re going to an emergency room that has trauma built in, like a Level One trauma or a Level Two trauma, sometimes very severe emergencies come in and you’re going to have to wait,” Love said.

Grand Prairie pastor Jordan Tew knows what it’s like to wait in the an emergency room waiting room.

He and his wife recently had to rush their young daughter, Savannah, to the emergency room after she became sick a few days after surgery.

“She had just had surgery to remove an extra digit on her hand and she developed a little stomach illness afterwards,” Tew said.

He says Children’s Health hospital staff had told him if any complication arose, they should return to their hospital.

“We were advised that was the place to go,” Tew said.

He said he didn’t expect to wait four-and-a-half hours to inside the emergency department waiting room.

“This is my number-one priority. It’s my child, but she’s down on a list and that is very frustrating,” he said.

Hospitals now post current wait times on signs and billboards near their facilities.

Many have also launched apps to improve customer service.

Tew says the care his daughter eventually received was excellent, but knowing what he knows now, he would have taken her to an urgent care clinic.

According to Hospital Compare, Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas has the longest wait time, from the moment a patient enters the hospital to the time the patient is seen by a medical professional. The average wait time is 83 minutes.

John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth has an average wait time of 35 minutes.

Published at 10:28 PM CDT on Jul 24, 2017 | Updated at 3:58 AM CDT on Jul 25, 2017

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