Jefferson Health Northeast

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Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine

Our Jefferson Bucks, Frankford and Torresdale Hospital locations provide dedicated teams of nurses, advanced practice providers and physicians ready to treat critically-ill and injured adults and children. Our emergency physicians have access to excellent specialists when the situation demands it. We're committed to offering highly skilled, compassionate, and knowledgeable care providers for you and your family 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, no matter the emergency.

Emergency Department

At Jefferson Health, we have three state-of-the-art emergency departments providing expert care when you need it the most. Staffed by dedicated, specialty trained emergency medicine physicians and nurses, we offer advanced care for trauma, stroke, heart attacks and a variety of other serious medical problems. Our physicians are board certified in Emergency Medicine and ready to care for you.

Jefferson Torresdale Hospital is an officially designated Level II Trauma Center and is celebrating 30 years of advanced trauma care to Northeast Philadelphia and Bucks County. Patients with the most serious injuries are brought to the Jefferson Torresdale Hospital campus by local 911 EMS ambulance services for expert trauma care.

Emergency Care for Heart Attacks

Time is often of particular essence in treating emergency heart patients. Jefferson's emergency department works in close coordination with medical cardiologists, electrophysiologists, interventionalists and surgeons at our Heart Center. Our specialists are available and accessible at all times to our emergency medicine staff. Whether the event is a heart attack, heart arrhythmia, or other problem, the staff stands on its ability to get patients the right treatment as soon as possible. It begins with close communication with the emergency-medic and emergency-transport staff and continues throughout all interventions and ongoing care.

Stopping the Attack, Limiting the Damage

It is said that "time is heart muscle" in heart attacks, because of the potential for long-lasting damage to the heart wall for every minute that it is deprived of proper blood flow. Such injury can permanently weaken the heart and eventually lead to heart failure. With that in mind, center's team uses the most advanced emergency medical treatment, urgent cardiac catheterization and interventional or surgical care as needed. In this effort, we support our certified cardiac-care professionals with the most up-to-date facilities, technology, and resources. A similar approach guides our care of stroke patients.

Our catheterization labs provide emergency angioplasty and stent placement, with the backup of our surgeons and operating rooms for patients who require surgical care. The hospital inpatient cardiac unit provides dedicated care to patients who need intensive, intermediate, or stepped-down care and recovery from a cardiac event and treatment.

Entering Into a System of Care

Through any emergency phase of care, we pride ourselves on multidisciplinary collaboration in the medical team and on communication with the patient and family. Clearly explaining the patient's status, options, and needed steps of care is essential for a cohesive experience where all care decisions are based on a fully-informed, knowledgeable process.

Premier Trauma Center – Jefferson Torresdale Hospital

Jefferson Health – Northeast’s Torresdale campus has been an officially designated Level II Trauma Center, accredited by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF) since the Foundation’s inception in 1986. During this time Jefferson Torresdale Hospital has had the opportunity to be the only hospital to offer trauma care to the Northeast Philadelphia community, as well as the Lower Bucks County area. Jefferson Health – Northeast’s Trauma Program has remained a priority for the organization throughout the thirty years. Hospital leadership has continued to dedicate many resources, including highly trained surgeons, physicians, nurses, and administrative staff, to build a successful program.  

Thrombectomy Program at Jefferson Torresdale Hospital

This program allows Jefferson Torresdale Hospital to evaluate patients and perform endovascular thrombectomy (retrieval of a blood clot from a blood vessel in the brain) and providing effective post-procedural care. This means university-level thrombectomy treatment and care, which will have a significant impact for victims of ischemic stroke in our community. The program is led by M. Reid Gooch, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery, Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience at Jefferson.