On Monday, December 4, 2000 we opened the doors to our newly expanded Emergency Department. Since that time, we have been continually striving to take even better care of the increasing number of patients that we treat each month, which has doubled over the last decade.
The Emergency Department consists of six beds in five rooms. One is a trauma room and one is a cardiac/ trauma room. A cardiac monitoring system provides us the ability to monitor all of our patients, if needed, at the same time at the ED nurse’s desk. Recently, we have purchased all new IV pumps and several new stretchers, with two that are designed for bariatric patients.
Pana Community Hospital currently participates in the Prairie Heart Institute’s STAT Heart Program which allows us to assist patients having a heart attack to reach a Cath Lab faster, thus decreasing their chances of permanent heart damage.
The ED staff is an integral component in our Emergency Department. We are continually encouraging continuing education of our staff including requirements to be certified in CPR, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation. Many of the RN’s have completed the TNCC (Trauma Nurse Core Course).
The comfort of our patients and their families are very important to us. A receptionist is on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist patients, their family and other visitors to our facility. Located off the main waiting area is a Family Room for those who need quiet time or privacy to talk with their loved one’s physician.
We are very proud of our Emergency Department and the growth we have seen over the last ten years. We are very grateful to all those who have supported us and made this possible. We strive to continue to provide the best health care possible to the residents of Pana and the surrounding communities.