Overlook Medical Center, home to New Jersey’s first Comprehensive Stroke Center, as designated by The Joint Commission, has reconfigured its emergency departments in Summit and Union to optimize safety for patients as it continues to treat COVID-19 in its communities.
All care is delivered with stringent efforts and the utmost vigilance around social distancing, universal mask wearing, rigorously enforced hand hygiene, and advanced cleaning practices for every patient.
Summit and Union Emergency Departments
At the Emergency Department in Summit, the facility has been divided into two units to continue to offer general emergency care for non-COVID-19 conditions. The second unit is designated to help patients with COVID-19.
A triage nurse and patient care technician greet and screen patients who are then escorted to the appropriate area.
At its Emergency Department in Union, the department uses the same process to screen patients outside of the facility entrance and escorts patients inside to designated treatment areas.
“It’s critical that patients with urgent medical issues continue to come to the ED for care. We have created processes and configured our facility to vastly minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19,” says Chris Amalfitano, medical director, Emergency Services at Overlook Medical Center.
“I cannot emphasize enough that the long- and short-term negative impacts of delaying urgent care are far greater than the risk of contracting COVID-19 in the hospital.”
Do Not Delay Urgent Medical Care
Delays in seeking emergency care can result in more extensive care and longer recovery than might have been needed; may result in lifelong debilitation; or can be fatal in cases of sepsis, heart attack or stroke. In Union County and nationwide, health care providers have observed an alarming trend of delay of care for many non-COVID-19 conditions.
Overlook Medical Center is recognized as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades and has been named a Top Regional Hospital by U.S. News & World Report for nine consecutive years.