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April 2011

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Leon L. Haley Jr., MD

Beth Houlahan, RN

Assaad Sayah, MD

Larry Patrick

Vice President of Nursing Operations, Scripps Health

Deputy Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, Grady Health System

Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services, Chief of Emergency Medicine, Mercy Medical Center

Chief of Emergency Medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance

Director, PwC Health Industries Advisory

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Mary Ellen Doyle, RN

To hear the panelists’ views on some of the major challenges facing emergency departments today, click on their pictures.

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Minding the Front Door moderator

Jim Molpus Strategic Partnerships Director HealthLeaders Media

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mergency departments in this country don’t exactly have a stellar reputation. They’re seen as chaotic, wasteful, and overcrowded with patients who don’t need to be there. Long waits to see a doctor are considered the norm, as are even longer waits to be discharged or admitted. And customer service is the last thing on anyone’s mind. But the panel of experts who gathered in Atlanta for our Breakthroughs Roundtable prove that it doesn’t have to be that way. They’ve changed every aspect of the ED experience from the moment the patient walks in the door—from registration to triage to treatment to discharge or admission. They’re making EDs more efficient—cutting wait times even as they increase volumes. But while process improvement is a big part of the story, they’re also promoting the ED’s potential from a business perspective. The ED, they say, is uniquely positioned to provide coordinated and accountable care and drive volume to the rest of the system’s services, physicians, and specialists. HealthLeaders Media The movement toward more

Beth Houlahan, RN | Mercy Medical Center | We’re anticipat-

coordinated, higher-valued care starts in the emergency

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