ER wait times at SMH continue downward trend, on pace for
Posted July 30,
Stevenson Memorial Hospital's (SMH) current standing as the second
shortest emergency room wait time out of 74 high volume has been
recognized by the Assistant Deputy Health Minister Nancy Naylor.
In a press release issued this afternoon, SMH received commendation for
its "outstanding" performance over the past several months in the
The release notes that SMH President and CEO Jody Levac and Vice
President/Chief Nursing Officer Shannon Landry shared the news with
hospital staff at a BBQ event last week.
"A letter from Naylor arrived at a time when ER visits are on track to
set an annual record at Stevenson, with 13,000 visits during the first
four months of 2014. If the pace continues, over 34,000 people will
visit the ED this year and the facility was built 50 years ago to
accommodate 7,000 annually," according to the press release. "Stevenson
has shown the most improvement for Emergency Department Length of Stay
within the medium volume community hospital group in 2013 - 1.3 hours
below the hospital group average of six hours."
A key component of SMH's multi-million dollar expansion plans is
modernizing and enlarging its capacity to handle emergencies, and
diagnostic services. Currently, SMH is awaiting MOH clearance to
advance to Stage 1 of the five step planning process.