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Emergency Room Services When Every Second Counts

In a medical emergency, every second is vital. Whether you're experiencing chest pain or you've been in a car accident, it’s comforting to know that exceptional care is nearby when you need it the most.

The advanced Emergency Room at Hialeah Hospital was designed to deliver excellent care in emergency services including:

  • Primary stroke care
  • Senior ER care
  • Neurosurgery
  • Heart and vascular care
  • Orthopedics
  • General surgery
  • Maternal care

The department is led by a team of skilled emergency medical providers, registered nurses and healthcare specialists who are prepared to deal with major emergencies such as hearts attacks, strokes and trauma at a moment’s notice.

Hialeah Hospital is a Primary Stroke Center

When a stroke happens, time saved is brain saved. The Joint Commission gives Hialeah Hospital a Primary Stroke Center designation that recognizes our:

  • 24/7 availability of specialized treatments
  • Advanced imaging capabilities for diagnosing type of stroke
  • Medical staff with the specialized training and skills

This high level of care is not the standard in many other hospitals. For our patients, it means we treat strokes faster, which significantly improves the outcomes of most stroke cases.

Senior ER - Emergency care for our elderly patients

A trip to the hospital or emergency room can be difficult at any age. We created our Senior Emergency Room to reduce anxiety and promote healing while providing quality compassionate care for our senior patients.

The ER features an elderly, age-friendly environment focused on safety and management of the emergency geriatric conditions for seniors. Our team of physicians and clinicians have specialized training in geriatric emergency medicine, enabling them to provide comprehensive ER care specifically designed to fit individual needs.

Features of our Senior ER include:

  • Specialized nurse and physician training to improve care for the elderly
  • Large faced clocks, calendars, boards and vital information throughout the ER
  • Large keyboards on telephones
  • Nonskid floor surfaces and handrails to help prevent falls
  • Landscape lighting in the rooms
  • Sound resistant rooms
  • Thicker, more comfortable mattresses

Manuel's Stroke Story

by System on Jun 6, 2019, 21:43 PM

A quick reaction — from his daughter and his doctors — ensured stroke won't stop Manuel Lopez from telling his story

Manuel Lopez, stroke patient

"The nurses in the Critical Care Unit treated me like a king, and thanks to the life-saving treatment I received at Hialeah Hospital, I can continue to live a long, healthy life."

manuel-lopezManuel Lopez, a 91-year-old Cuban immigrant who came to South Florida in 1962 has a lifetime of stories he wants to share with his three children, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. But he almost lost them all when a stroke hit one Mother's Day.

"My blood pressure was lower than usual, and when I called my daughter to wish her a happy Mother's Day, I told her I was feeling weak," Manuel says. "She told me to drink some soda and rest. I did what she asked and laid down on the recliner to watch TV."

What Manuel didn’t know was that his daughter called again, repeatedly, trying to check up on him. When he didn’t answer, she asked the neighbor to come and make sure everything was OK. The neighbor found the exact opposite.

"After realizing I was not asleep in my recliner but in fact unresponsive, my neighbor called 9-1-1 and an ambulance transported me to Hialeah Hospital's Primary Stroke Center," Manuel says.

"The transporters realized I was having a stroke because I was having trouble speaking and my leg was numb," he remembers.

As a part of Tenet Florida’s Advanced Neuroscience Network, Hialeah Hospital is uniquely equipped to handle stroke, so Manuel got the care he needed the moment he was wheeled through the doors. He had a CT scan of his brain to confirm the stroke, and he received a medication called t-PA (tissue plasminogen activator), which busts blood clots . The medication must be administered within three hours of the first stroke symptom to be effective.

"Time really is of the essence when experiencing a stroke," Manuel says. "I'm thankful my daughter thought to call my neighbor when she did, and that everyone involved acted so quickly."

Manuel didn't think he was at risk for a stroke because he was active, walking around town every day, and he took his high blood pressure medication regularly. But strokes can be hard to predict, and they can happen in people who seem healthy otherwise.

"My children and I are completely satisfied with the care I received at Hialeah Hospital," Manuel says. "The nurses in the Critical Care Unit treated me like a king, and thanks to the life-saving treatment I received there, I can continue to live a long, healthy life surrounded by family and friends. After this experience I have yet another story to share!"

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