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.
UMCP’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:
- 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 CHOP hospitalist is a pediatrician 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.
- Comprehensive 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 1.888.742.7496.
* 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 Brunswick.
** 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.