EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT EXPANSION
READY FOR PATIENTS
Cutting Ceremony at Noon on Wednesday, Sept. 2
PORT ANGELES (August 28, 2015) – An individual has certain expectations
when suffering from a medical emergency. For example, 9-1-1 will answer the
call or an emergency room staffed with skilled physicians and nurses will be
ready to leap into action.
With the recent
expansion of the emergency department, Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles
is more prepared than ever to provide emergency and trauma care when it’s
needed. The emergency department now has up to 20 beds and the accompanying
level of increased staffing to meet the community’s demand for emergency
services 24/7– a demand that has increased over the past few years.
"For a multitude of
reasons, our emergency department has been increasingly busy,” says Lorraine
Wall, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Olympic Medical Center. "We are now fully set up
to triage and room patients more efficiently, allowing us to see patients with
lower-level urgent care needs more promptly.”
The Washington State Department of Health recently
re-designated Olympic Medical’s emergency department as a Level 3 Trauma
Center. For patients, this translates to access to trauma services, including
life- and limb-threatening needs, any time – day or night.
Additionally, emergency medicine physicians and
personnel are specially trained to address the variety of medical conditions
that may come through the door. "We have a highly skilled staff that not only provides excellent care each and
every day, but has shown great patience and fortitude throughout the expansion project,”
The new expansion
includes special features previously unavailable, including a shower room
accessible from the outside for hazardous material exposure, a negative
air-pressure room to safely contain patients with specific communicable
diseases, and "swing rooms” that can allow staff to quickly secure medical
equipment, an option that is useful if a patient is a risk to himself / herself
or others and a safe environment is needed.
"Having the additional beds and capabilities in the
newly remodeled emergency department is significant for meeting the growing
needs of our community,” says Wall.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on
Wednesday, Sept. 2 at Noon
Olympic Medical Center leadership, along with the Port
Angeles Ambassadors, will present a brief ribbon cutting ceremony at 12 p.m. on
Wednesday, Sept. 2, in front of the emergency department entrance – ending
prior to the scheduled 12:30 p.m. Olympic Medical Center Board of Commissioners
meeting. Due to patient privacy concerns and the sensitive nature of emergency
medicine, the emergency department will not be available for public viewing.
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital
District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more
than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its
establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly
elected board. Olympic Medical is a sole community hospital and rural referral
center, and a charter member of both the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (2003)
and the Swedish Health Network (2011). Olympic Medical provides inpatient
services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a
level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and
labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging,
physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical
services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care
at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.