Monmouth Health & Life - Monmouth Health and Life March 2010

Emergency care--improved!

When people need immediate medical care, emergency departments must act quickly and efficiently. But what happens when an ED outgrows its capacity? That was the challenge at Monmouth Medical Center until a recent renovation, because the number of patients using the facility was sharply on the rise. “The last time the department had an overhaul was back in 1987, when we saw just 27,000 patients a year,” says Catherine Hanlon, M.D., Monmouth’s chair of emergency medicine. Now that number has soared to a record 54,000 patients a year.