At the Center for Emergency Care
at University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP), we are
committed to ensuring your stay is as safe, comfortable and pleasant as
The Center for Emergency Care at UMCP
provides state-of-the-art emergency medicine, treating patients with any
medical problems that cannot wait to be seen by their regular doctor,
as well as severe and life-threatening illnesses and injuries.
The Center is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is
staffed around-the-clock by physicians who are board certified in
emergency medicine and registered nurses who are trained in trauma,
emergency care and disaster preparedness. UMCP’s Center for Emergency
Care sees close to 50,000 patients each year from throughout the
greater Mercer/Middlesex county region.
Our 20,000 square-foot Center for Emergency Care features:
- A contemporary interventional procedures suite with
operating rooms, cardiac catheterization and vascular laboratories, specialty
areas to accommodate pediatric, behavioral health and elderly patient needs; as
well as urgent care level services.
- 35 spacious single patient rooms - four of which
are designated for pediatric patients, six for senior care and four for
patients with behavioral health needs.
- A hospitalist from the world renowned Children's
Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is on-site 24/7 to consult on emergency cases
involving infants, children and adolescents to ensure the highest-level of, and
most age-appropriate, care. A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in
caring for patients in the hospital setting only.
- Emergency Medicine specialists who are all board
certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.
- Therapeutic Hypothermia - UMCP was one of the
area's first hospitals to offer this innovative technology that allows our
specially-trained emergency care team to resuscitate a patient who has suffered
a heart attack or another life-threatening condition. This treatment has been
shown to improve patients' chances of survival and full neurologic recovery.
- "Split Flow" patient care - Application of an innovative patient flow model designed to minimize waiting and improve access to care.
- Fast Track - A rapid medical evaluation unit for
those patients with minor illnesses and injuries.
- State-of-the-art emergency angioplasty technology
that locates and opens blocked vessels and restores blood flow to the heart in
the event of a heart attack. With the LIFENET Cardiac Care System, which
transmits EKG data to emergency care physicians and staff while patients are in
transit to the hospital, UMCP's board certified emergency physicians and
interventional cardiologists are prepared to initiate this critical life-saving
service even more promptly. In fact, UMCP's average door-to-balloon time (time
from patient arrival to time coronary artery opened) is consistently better than
the national standard of 90 minutes. Our highly skilled team is on call
around-the-clock every day to provide emergency angioplasty if you or a loved
one ever suffer from a heart attack*.
- A results-waiting area with 10 patient recliners.
digital imaging and diagnostics capabilities.
- Emergency helicopter transport, when needed.
In addition, the Center for Emergency Care at UMCP
is a state-designated Primary Stroke Center, based on UMCP's advanced
capabilities and protocols for the rapid and effective treatment of stroke
patients. Our specially-trained, acute stroke teams are available 24 hours,
seven days a week and are ready to see patients within 15 minutes. UMCP has
around-the-clock neuro-imaging capabilities via its state-of-the-art
computerized tomography (CT) scanner, and neurosurgical services**.
For more information about services provided through the Center for Emergency Care at UMCP, please use the navigation items listed to the left, or call 1.888.PHCS4YOU (742.7496).
* In the event a patient needs open heart surgery, UMCP has an
emergency transport team on site to immediately transfer the patient to the
Heart Center of New Jersey at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New
** While UMCP is proud to provide this level
of care to patients, we wish to clarify that University Medical Center of
Princeton is not a state-designated regional trauma center.