St. Peter's Emergency Department (ED) is one of the busiest in the region. A team of specially trained staff responds to a wide range of illnesses and injuries—24 hours a day, seven days a week—for patients of all ages. The ED includes a full staff of board-eligible/certified emergency physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, patient-care technicians, patient information associates, and chaplains who work together as a team to provide a patient-focused approach to emergency care.
Designated a Dedicated Heart & Stroke Emergency Center by the New York State Department of Health, St. Peter's highly trained ED staff can minimize the effects of stroke and heart attack with prompt, knowledgeable care. As the first emergency department in the Capital Region equipped to receive 12-lead EKGs from providers, we manage EMT teams in the field, instructing them how to deliver pre-emptive, life-care. Fast response and rapid care by emergency medical experts save brainloss in stroke victims and save heart muscle following a heart attack—greatly increasing the patient's chances for survival and recovery. St. Peter's ED is designed to get patients the most advanced care.
You may notice that some patients who arrived after you are being called into the department before you. These patients are sent to our Fast Track, where a physician's assistant (PA) helps patients with minor injuries receive treatment more efficiently. This helps to decrease the wait time for other patients with more severe conditions to see the physician.
St. Peter’s Hospital has emergency department visitor guidelines to promote a safe and healing environment for our patients .
- The patient will be asked to designate one spokesperson that will be responsible for communicating with the health care providers and other family members.
- All visitors must check in with the Visitor’s Liaison.
- Each visitor will be given a visitor’s pass prior to entering the Emergency Department. Any visitors arriving with an ambulance patient will be asked to go to the Visitor’s Liaison to receive their pass.
- Visitors are limited to two individuals per patient. (Exceptions to this will be made at the discretion of the Emergency Department clinical staff).