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ER wait times at SMH continue downward trend, on pace for 34,000 visits

Posted July 30, 2014

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 Emergency Department.

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.

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