Lake Regional Health System recognized Emergency Department employees during Emergency Team Week on Oct. 8–14.
Activities throughout the week celebrated the dedication and expertise of Lake Regional's Emergency Department nurses, patient care technicians, health unit coordinators, physicians and mid-level providers. Lake Regional holds the observance annually to coincide with National Emergency Nurses Week.
"We have an incredible Emergency Department staff, and I am so proud to work with them to serve our community," said Amy Funderburk, R.N., Lake Regional Emergency Department nurse manager. "This team is passionate about helping people, and every day, they do amazing work to save lives."
The Emergency Department staff members are part of the team that earned Lake Regional Hospital the 2017 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines®—Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor RollSM Elite. This award recognized the hospital for providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.
The Emergency Department team also is celebrating an average door-to-EKG time of three minutes for patients with chest pain, an accomplishment that saves important minutes in treating heart attack patients.
"Even when we are meeting national guidelines, we strive to continuously improve to ensure we provide our patients the best care," Funderburk said.
Lake Regional Health System's Emergency Department is a Level III Trauma center and Level II Stroke Center. It provides 24-hour emergency medical service and treats more than 36,000 patients annually. The nursing staff maintains certifications in basic life support, advanced cardiac life support and pediatric life support, as well as specialized training in stroke and heart attack care, pediatrics, and trauma. Visit www.lakeregional.com to learn more.