Florida Hospital Zephyrhills’ mission of health and wholeness through Christian service, coupled with skilled professionals and the most current technology and equipment, are the foundations for excellence in your emergency care. No Wait is a standard we strive for every minute of every day. We continue to evaluate our results and develop ways for improvement because we value you, our patient.
Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Primary Stroke Center combines comprehensive care with leading edge technology to quickly treat patients who are having a stroke. From aggressive treatment in the emergency department to rehabilitation and wellness.
Florida Hospital Zephyrhills’ Emergency Department has grown along with the community. Our state-of-the-art Emergency Department utilizes 25 fully monitored treatment rooms and treats over 34,000 patients every year. Our staff consists of specially skilled and certified doctors and nurses trained to handle life-threatening situations such as heart attacks, minor trauma and major illnesses. Our years of experience and extra-caring attitude enable us to meet and understand patients’ urgent needs.
Our Emergency Department assesses and treats patients of all ages, from infants to geriatrics. With our emphasis on timely assessment, treatment and quality patient care our Emergency Department staff is skilled in age-related needs of diverse populations. Every effort is made to include the patient's family in treatment, education, and discharge planning needs.
The Emergency Department Staff
Our Emergency Department staff consists of registered nurses and physicians who are specially trained for emergency medicine. Several of the nurses are members of the Emergency Nurse Association, a professional nursing association dedicated to emergency care through advocacy, expertise, innovation, and leadership. All of the Emergency Department nurses and physicians are trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and work closely with the Cardiology team to rapidly identify and treat patients having a heart attack. When it comes to taking action in the face of a crisis, our Emergency Department team works together as an extension of one another. Their individual qualifications, specialties, training and real life experiences bring a unified strength to their care. The daily ritual at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is caring for you!
According to Webster’s Dictionary, an emergency is “an unforeseen situation calling for immediate action; a crisis.” If you are having chest pain, respiratory distress, or uncontrolled bleeding, you should always call 911 to summon emergency medical assistance before coming to the Emergency Department.
What to Expect When You Arrive At Our Emergency Department
When you arrive, you will meet with our emergency triage staff that will assess your symptoms and decide which area within the Emergency Department your illness or injury can best be addressed. Our triage nurse will check your vital signs; determine the severity of your condition, and the order in which you will be seen. It is very important that the most seriously ill or injured patients be treated first. Patients are not always seen on the basis of first come first served. Factors that affect the order of being seen include severity of illness or injury, and availability of specialty beds and equipment.
You will be brought back to either our Rapid Medical Examination area or an acute care bed where you will be examined by an emergency physician, physician assistant or certified nurse practitioner. Depending on your situation, we may order tests (such as x-rays, blood work, electrocardiogram), and your vital signs will be monitored. After your testing or treatment has been performed, you may be directed to our Results Waiting Room while awaiting your test results. This helps us to better serve all of our patients by opening examination areas for those who need to lay down for their testing or treatment.
Every effort is made to provide prompt care, but you may have to wait before you are seen by a medical professional. There are a variety of reasons for this, but the most common reason is that other patients may need to be treated first due to a more serious injury or illness. Procedures such as x-rays and laboratory tests may need to be obtained and reviewed by your health care team. Your patience is always appreciated.
If your physician feels you will need and benefit from additional testing and/or care, you will be admitted into the Hospital. Otherwise, he or she will discuss your diagnosis and treatment plan with you prior to discharge. These may include medications, medical restrictions and possible follow up care. After your questions are answered and you complete your discharge paperwork, you will be released from the Emergency Department.