Emergency Department

 Emergency Department

St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital's Emergency Department, located on the hospital's Newburgh campus, is a verified Level III Trauma Center, delivering high quality emergency and trauma care close to home.

 

The emergency medicine team is led by Scot Hill, MD, Medical Director and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hill, is board certified in Emergency Medicine and brings years of emergency room expertise to the region, including, tertiary care services from New York City hospitals.

 

Our Nursing and Support team is led by Kathy Sheehan BSN RN.  A nurse for over 30 years, Kathy ensures the team is  constantly seeking opportunities to increase the high quality standards that exist and ensure our community outreach is geared towards the needs of the populations we serve. 

 

Our nurses and physicians work diligently to ensure you have the best possible experience.   They use work stations on wheels (WOW) providing immediate access to your x-rays, lab work and all other vital documentation. The SLCH Emergency Services Team strives to improve the quality of care and experience related to your visit.

 

The Emergency Department provides multi-disciplinary coordinated care between the physicians, nurse practitioners', physician assistants, nurses, technicians and unit support staff ensuring you are always receiving the highest quality of care. IN our ongoing efforts to be providing care when its needed, SLCH has recently expanded the hours of operation of the ED's Fast Track, which allows for the triage of less emergent cases. This service is now open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Additionally, valet parking has been added for Emergency Department patients and visitors between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 a.m.

 

What it means to be a Level III Trauma Center:

The trauma center at St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital has been verified as a Level III Trauma Center through 2019 by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

 

The SLCH Trauma Program officially began in May 2014, allowing the hospital to operate provisionally as an Area Trauma Center. Since that time, the SLCH trauma team has treated more than 1,000 patients, implementing policies and procedures designed to enhance the care provided to patients in need of trauma services.

 

In November 2016, SLCH had its trauma verification survey conducted by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. SLCH is the first hospital in New York State to receive a Level III trauma designation as a first time trauma center and is the only verified Level III Trauma Center in the Hudson Valley.

 

SLCH is proud to partner with Surgical Affiliates Management Group (SAMGI) in the management of SLCH's Trauma surgeons, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. This dynamic team assists in the management of trauma patients in all areas of the hospital during a patients stay. The Trauma Program has bolstered the Kaplan Family Center for Emergency Medicine and the Emergency Department team as it continues to provide comprehensive, high-quality emergent care to patients and their families throughout the community.

 

Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma.

 

The SLCH Level III Trauma Center provides a multitude of services both within the walls of the hospital and in the community including community education to prevent trauma injuries such as "Not One More"-Teen Traffic Safety Program and a Falls Prevention Program.

 

The Consultation/Verification Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the prehospital phase through the rehabilitation process.