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Emergency Care When You Need It Most

Handling thousands of emergencies every year, the Emergency Department(ED) at Texas Health Denton is prepared to provide care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Offering comprehensive medical services and featuring 28 private rooms, the ED includes a six-bed fast track minor care unit, a four-bed clinical decision unit and four full-service trauma rooms. Texas Health Denton is committed to excellence and convenience in emergency medicine.

“From minor complaints to major emergencies, we have personnel and a facility capable of handling a broad range of medical situations,” says Lola Rust, R.N., B.S., director of Emergency Services at Texas Health Denton. “Combining the experience of physicians on the medical staff and other health care providers with advanced technology helps us work toward the ultimate goal of total patient satisfaction.”

Physicians at Texas Health Denton understand that the medical needs of the community continually change. In order to anticipate new medical requirements, the Emergency Department is constantly seeking further accreditation in areas of expertise.

The ED recently received Cycle II Chest Pain Accreditation with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. The Chest Pain Center at Texas Health Denton demonstrated the skills and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and completing on-site evaluations by a review team from the Society.

Some key areas in which the Chest Pain Center demonstrated skills included integrating the ED with the local emergency medical system, seeking to improve processes and procedures, and supporting community outreach programs designed around recognizing heart attack symptoms and seeking medical care when they occur.

Accreditation as a Cycle II facility further demonstrates Texas Health Denton’s commitment to improving and becoming more efficient in emergency cardiac care.

“In the event of a cardiac emergency, time is of the essence,” says Sean Fleming, M.D., medical director of the ED and emergency medicine specialist. “The ability of the nurses and physicians to properly diagnose cardiac emergencies is vital to the success of our patients, and accreditation as a Chest Pain Center shows that the resources available at Texas Health Denton enable us to provide quality care in a timely manner.”

It’s impossible to know when a medical emergency may occur, but if you or a loved one requires a trip to the hospital, Fleming recommends having the following information on hand:

A list of allergies and current medical conditions

Emergency contact information

Current medications and dosages

Insurance information

Your primary care physician’s contact information

For more information about Emergency Services at Texas Health Denton and
our Cycle II accreditation, call 940-898-7000 or visit TexasHealth.org/Denton.

(Fall/Winter 2009)

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