On the heels of new hospital quality indicators released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), two local media outlets recently reported on Emergency Department wait times -- one of several metrics that CMS publishes on Medicare's Hospital Compare website.
- KSTP Eyewitness News
Check Wait Times of Local Hospital ERs Online
- Hopkins Patch
Which Nearby Hospital Has the Longest Emergency Department Wait?
At North Memorial, physicians, nurses and all healthcare professionals in the Emergency Department have made it a priority to ensure that every patient is seen, evaluated and treated in a timely manner according to the severity of their illness. When a patient comes to the Emergency Department, they are seen by a triage nurse and brought to a room as quickly as possible. We no longer register patients in the triage area, but instead have implemented bedside registration. That means a patient will often be seen by a nurse or physician before the registration process even takes place.