SOMC Celebrates Emergency Nurses Week

Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) celebrated Emergency Nurses Week Oct. 7-13. Emergency Nurses Day was Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007.

This year’s theme for Emergency Nurses Week, “Stepping into their lives when they need you the most,” reflects emergency nurses’ dedication to continuously improving patient care, Mary Kate Dilts Skaggs RN, MSN, CNA-BC, said.

Emergency Nurses Week salutes the dedication and commitment of the emergency nursing professional who brings care, comfort, and compassion to patients and their loved ones. Emergency Nurses Week is a way for SOMC to recognize and reward staff for their compassion, skills, and commitment to care for the community.

“Our Emergency Services department will continue to improve the quality of care and service provided to our patients,” Skaggs said. “Our Emergency Services department (ED) consists of 180 staff members which are made up of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, emergency department technicians, unit clerks, and patient representatives. Our staff members work full-time, part-time, flex and contingent hours.”

SOMC Emergency Services had 77,377 customer visits in FY 2007 between the two campuses. The ED (Main Campus) is open 24 hours per day, seven days a week. The Health Care Center (South Campus) is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week, Skaggs said. “SOMC Emergency Services is continually striving for excellence in patient care,” she said. “A couple of our quality indicators that we measure are Door-to-Doctor time and Door to EKG time for heart attack patients.

September, 2007 the Main Campus’ Door-to-Doctor time was 31 minutes on average and the South Campus was 25 minutes on average compared to the national standard of less than 30 minutes. The Door to EKG time for heart attack patients for September, 2007 was 5 minutes compared to the national standard of les than 10 minutes.”

Skaggs concluded by saying the staff is looking forward as the Emergency Services Department will expand in June, 2008 with more than 40 private rooms.