On November of 2001, St. Luke's Meridian Emergency Department (ED) opened its doors and offered state-of-the-art services to the community. The Meridian ED offers a family friendly atmosphere staffed with specially trained professionals to meet your heath care needs around the clock. On an average day, more than 100 people come through the doors of the Meridian ED for treatment. When they arrive, patients and their families find:

  • The Emergency Department and Chest Pain Center are separate service lines that provide mutual support to one another.
  • Bedside registration. As a general rule, patients are taken immediately to a treatment room, rather than waiting and filling out paperwork in the lobby area. This enhances privacy and helps to alleviate anxiety.
  • A beautifully appointed adult and pediatric waiting area with TV/VCR capability.
  • 24-7 availability of an Emergency-Medicine Board eligible/certified physician, with doctor on call. Physician coverage is based on a routine pattern of ED patient visits, which during peak hours can mean as many as three ED physicians on duty at one time to facilitate our goal of "physician to patient" time is within 30 minutes.
  • Twenty-five beds available, with an additional nine beds in the Chest Pain Center.
  • Each patient care room is equipped with a TV/VCR for the purposes of health education and/or diversion.)
  • Five rooms used as a "Fast Track" area during high patient activity times.
  • In-department medical imaging capability such as x-rays, CT and ultrasound, which includes orthopantomography (panarex capability for dental/jaw trauma).
  • Conveniently located laboratory services, with results reported electronically to the ED's main desk.
  • Cardiac and hemodynamic monitoring capabilities in each of the 34 rooms.
  • Specialty treatment carts (Ortho, ENT, OB/GYN, suture, and sexual assault) are also available to maximize the flexibility of all rooms. Any available ED room can be tailored to meet the unique needs of patients and physicians alike by rolling one of these carts to the patient's location.
  • An adjoining decontamination shower area with its own outside entrance, for medical preparedness for patients who may have been exposed to hazardous materials. The two showers, which include a private bathroom, empty into a 500- gallon holding tank. ED staff have been trained in the care of such patients, along with the necessary protective gear.
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