ECU Emergency Medicine
Pitt County Memorial Hospital is an academic ED with Level I Trauma Center designation, serving the eastern third of North Carolina. During 2008, the main ED evaluated 63,000 patients with an additional 31,000 seen at MedDirect our urgent-care extension of the ED. The acuity is very high with an admission rate of over 30%. In January 2005 we completed a multimillion-dollar renovation providing for a 40,000 square-foot building designed to deliver state-of-the-art emergency care. The ED has a total of 58 beds in two contiguous treatment areas, Gold and Purple (ECU's school colors). With all private rooms, the ED has ample space and equipment to care for all patients. With 22 beds, the Gold-side is primarily for ambulatory patients with minor illness and injuries. The Purple-side has all monitored beds and is oriented to the critically ill and injured. The purple side has 22 evaluation rooms, three trauma and resuscitation bays, two psychiatric rooms, and a nine-bed observation area. We have rooms specially designed for OB/GYN, ENT, ophthalmology and neonatal resuscitation patients. The same faculty, resident physicians, nurses, and clerical personnel staff both sides. The renovated ED includes two digital diagnostic radiology rooms, a departmental library, two staff lounges, and ample physician and nursing work areas. Dr. Timothy Reeder, associate professor and vice chair for clinical operations serves as clinical director for the Emergency Department.
The ED has access to much of the latest in medical technology. We use an ED electronic clinical information system for patient tracking, prescription writing, nurse and physician documentation and order entry. There are workstations in every room of the ED for the electronic medical record as well as access for referencing Poisindex, MEDLINE, logging procedures, MD Consult, UpToDate, case simulation interactions, Microsoft Office, and the Internet. There are two ultrasound machines located in the ED.
In addition to the expanded clinical space, the third-floor ED Tower has impressive administrative and educational facilities. This includes areas for the Emergency Medicine administrative and faculty offices, a disaster command center, high-tech conference and classrooms, simulation lab, a physician library, a locker room and two EM call rooms. These spaces have helped create an exceptional educational and support facility. The expansion also included a rooftop helicopter-landing pad for our EastCare transport program.
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