The Center for Emergency Care at PMC 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. PMC’s Center for Emergency Care sees close to 50,000 patients each year from throughout the greater Mercer/Middlesex county region.
PMC’s Center for Emergency Care is led by:
- Craig A. Gronczewski, MD, Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine
Our 20,000 square-foot Center for Emergency Care features:
- Emergency Medicine specialists who are all board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.
- A contemporary interventional procedures suite with operating rooms, cardiac catheterization and vascular laboratories.
- 35 spacious single patient rooms, four of which are designated for pediatric patients, six for senior care and six for patients with behavioral health needs.
- Fast Track, a rapid medical evaluation unit for those patients with minor illnesses and injuries.
- Pediatricians from the world renowned Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), who are on-site 24/7 to consult on emergency cases involving infants, children and adolescents to ensure they receive outstanding, age-appropriate care.
- Therapeutic hypothermia. PMC 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.
- Hospitalists, who specialize in providing direct care to patients from admission to discharge. All hospitalists at PMC are board certified internal medicine doctors. If you are admitted, the hospitalist will communicate with your primary care physician as well as any specialists or others involved in your care, so they are prepared to continue your care after you are discharged.
- 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, PMC's board certified emergency physicians and interventional cardiologists are prepared to initiate this critical life-saving service even more promptly. In fact, PMC's average door-to-balloon time (time from patient arrival to time coronary artery opened) is 70 minutes compared to 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 and personal entertainment devices for patients who no longer need to be in a bed.
- Comprehensive 3D imaging and diagnostics capabilities.
- Emergency helicopter transport when needed.
In addition, the Center for Emergency Care at PMC is a state-designated Primary Stroke Center, based on PMC'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 immediately upon their arrival. PMC 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 PMC, please use the navigation items listed to the right, or call 1.888.742.7496.
* In the event a patient needs open heart surgery, PMC has an emergency transport team on site to immediately transfer the patient to either University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia, or Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, depending upon what is determined to be the best interests of the patient.
** While PMC is proud to provide this level of care to patients, we wish to clarify that Princeton Medical Center is not a state-designated regional trauma center.