With a superior patient satisfaction rating, our Emergency Department is open 24/7, including our emergency Advanced Diagnostic Imaging and Laboratory services.
Everyone who visits our Emergency Department is evaluated by a physician. In addition, Hackettstown Medical Center has two physicians on-site from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. seven days a week--highly unusual for a regional medical center.
Fast Facts about the Emergency Department (ED) at Hackettstown Medical Center:
- Approximately 22,000 patients are treated in our Emergency Department each year.
- Our Emergency Department includes 11 private treatment rooms and a dedicated trauma room for cardiac and stroke patients.
- One treatment room is specially equipped with negative air pressure for use with particularly contagious illnesses.
- A "Fast-Track" is available for non-critical, walk-in patients.
- Hackettstown Medical Center has been designated as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.
- Twenty-four volunteer rescue squads transport their patients to our Emergency Department.
- Hackettstown Medical Center has longstanding cooperative affiliations with tertiary care facilities and regional trauma centers for safe and quick transport via helicopter from our on-site helipad, when and if needed.
Emergency Department Team Grows
In 2015, the Emergency Department at Hackettstown Medical Center added an important new member to their team. Maulik Trivedi, MD, FACEP, became Medical Director of our Emergency Department (ED) and Chair of our Department of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Trivedi is board certified and has been Associate Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at St. Joseph�s Wayne Hospital since 1999. He is a member of the Emergency Medical Associates board of directors, and, over the course of his career, Dr. Trivedi has practiced Emergency Medicine at St. Vincent's Medical Center in New York City and Morristown Medical Center.
Dr. Trivedi prefers the dynamics of smaller, community hospitals over larger institutions, and he credits this to being raised in a small town in eastern Pennsylvania.
"It's rewarding to work in an environment where the hospital and the community work together to improve the health of area residents," explained Dr. Trivedi. "You can make a real impact as a community hospital because you ARE part of the community - that's how it seems here at Hackettstown."
Dr. Trivedi stressed the importance of the team approach used by the doctors, nurses and techs in Hackettstown Medical Center's ED and the vital role they play in the health of the community.
"Our Emergency Department team has the knowledge and the technology to deliver the quality care our patients need," Dr. Trivedi explained. "All of our ED physicians are specially trained in emergency medicine and have years of collective experience among them. We provide the most current emergency treatment methods and keep abreast of advances and issues in the ever-changing field of emergency medicine."
Beth Waters, RN and Nurse Manager of Hackettstown Medical Center's Emergency Department agreed. "We continue to work toward our goal of offering the best possible high quality care in a caring, safe environment, with low wait times whenever possible."
The ED has a fast-track for walk-in patients with non-life threatening emergencies. It's also important to note that The Joint Commission has designated Hackettstown Medical Center a Primary Stroke Center, which means that the Emergency Department at Hackettstown is an optimal first line of defense for anyone experiencing the signs and symptoms of a stroke. Time is critical in stroke treatment and quick intervention can prevent brain damage from stroke. Our ED is also well prepared to handle contagions and infectious diseases. There is a negative pressure treatment room within the Emergency Department to contain the spread of germs, coupled with strict infection prevention procedures, protocols and scheduled drills.
"It's important to us that each and every patient knows that we're well equipped with expertise and technology - our patients are safe and in good hands," stated Waters. "We make it our goal to convey that and treat our patients like we would want to be treated ourselves."