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The Emergency Room (ER) at Saint Vincent Hospital provides you with access to nationally renowned experts in emergency medicine, toxicology, cardiac problems, trauma, and more when you need them most. At the Saint Vincent Hospital Emergency Room, you’ll find:

  • Patient procedures designed to make sure you see a doctor as quickly as possible
  • Expert emergency room doctors and highly skilled nurses providing specialized emergency care and triage
  • A fully equipped department that treats more than 60,000 patients each year

We work with doctors from Associated Physicians of Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to staff our emergency room. With these experts on hand, Saint Vincent Hospital is proud to be able to offer some of the region’s top emergency care.

The Saint Vincent Hospital Emergency Room is designed for us to provide prompt, personalized care. Our facilities are fully equipped with 38 beds and specialized treatment rooms for resuscitation, eye, ear, nose and throat problems, orthopedic injuries, obstetrical and cardiac emergencies. If you’re in need of further care, Saint Vincent Hospital is able to admit you for treatment or direct you to specialized medicine at the hospital.

Door-to-Doctor Procedures

In order to ensure you see a doctor as soon as possible, our Emergency Room uses a “Door-to-Doctor” procedure for quick, effective treatment for every patient who comes through our doors. When you arrive, you’ll be seen by a triage nurse who will evaluate your condition and place you in a priority queue based on the severity of your symptoms. This order may change as new patients with more severe symptoms arrive at the emergency room. If your condition changes while you wait, please let the nurse know.

Depending on your condition, you may be sent to the emergency room to be seen by a doctor or asked to wait until an exam room is available. For mildly ill patients, we offer a Rapid Medical Evaluation service from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. This service is staffed by a physician and/or a physician assistant who evaluates your condition and provides treatment instruction, helping to have you in and out of the ER within 30 minutes.

After being seen by an emergency room doctor, you’ll either be sent home with instructions or referred to a consulting doctor or specialist who will decide if you should be admitted to the hospital.

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Practicing Social Distancing

It is time to go the distance. Literally. Fight against the spread of illnesses by practicing social distancing.

What is it?

Social distancing means increasing the physical space (at least six feet) between you and other people in public. Maintaining this distance from other people, especially if your health is at risk, lessens your chances of catching illnesses, such as COVID-19.

How can I do this?

The easiest way to practice social distancing is by avoiding mass gatherings and staying at home as much as possible. Other ways to apply this to your daily routine, include:
  • Groceries: Try purchasing your groceries online or going at odd hours when fewer people are around. If your health is at risk, ask a close friend or family member if they can help.
  • Fast Food/Restaurants: If available, choose to have your favorite dish delivered right to your door.
  • Physical Activity: If you’d like to go outside to stretch your legs, choose a less-traveled route. You can also work out indoors by choosing from a variety of free workout videos online to follow.
  • Work: If you can work from home, set up conference calls with your team to avoid large gatherings.
  • Education: If you or your child is temporarily out of school, check with teachers for online resources to continue education from home.
  • Travel: Cancel all travel plans to avoid crowds and airplanes. Take this time to plan out your next trip when it is safe for you and your loved ones.
  • Public Transportation: If you need to leave the house, take your own car. If public transportation is your only option, bring disinfectant wipes to clean the seat and wash your hands when you arrive at your destination.
  • Relationships: Even though you’re taking time away from seeing those closest to you in person, this is the perfect time to build your relationships by checking in on them through a phone call, text or video chat.
If you go outside or come in contact with someone outside, do your best to stay six feet away, wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer. When opening doors or touching elevator buttons, use a tissue, glove or elbow instead of your hand.

How can I stay occupied?

After working and taking care of your family, there might be a period where you are itching to go out. We have a few ideas to keep you occupied:
  • Read: Dive into a book you have been wanting to read or find a new one online and have it shipped to you within a few days.
  • Learn: Take advantage of free online educational courses to learn a skill you have always wanted to add to your resume.
  • Cook: Try out a new recipe or look online for recipes that will make enough food to last all week, such as chicken fajitas.
  • Clean: It is time to give your closet the attention it deserves. Organize the chaos, and place everything you can to the side for donation.

What if I don’t live alone?

If you do not live alone, please share the importance of social distancing with those you live with, clean the house often and keep your distance as much as possible. If they become sick:
  • Put together a separate room for them to stay in.
  • Wear facemasks around each other.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Do laundry and clean the house as much as possible.
  • Avoid having visitors.
For any questions about their care, contact their doctor.

By practicing social distancing, you are keeping yourself, your loved ones and the community safe.
Take care!

Centers of Disease Control and Prevention
Red Cross