Clemmons Medical Center opened its doors to the public on April 3. It will offer a wide range of state of the art medical services and the staff there hopes to become a quick stop medical option for Yadkin County residents.
Clemmons Medical Center is part of Novant Health, a not-for-profit integrated group of 14 hospitals and a medical group consisting of 1,141 physicians in 348 clinic locations.
Clemmons Medical Center will offer year round, 24/7 emergency services, outpatient surgical procedures and comprehensive radiology services.
“Clemmons Medical Center offers state of the art equipment, state of the art imaging, state of the art surgery services and state of the art emergency services,” said Pat York, Radiology Manager for the center. “It’s a new facility that can serve the Yadkin area with services it hasn’t had in the past.”
York is a Yadkin resident who commutes to work at the center during the week. She works primarily with radiology and said that the technological advancements the center offers are well beyond what you can find in most nearby facilities.
“We offer diagnostic CT scans, MRI, ultrasound and X-ray,” York said. “We have a radiologist on site during the day Monday through Friday and remote imaging going to Forsyth Medical Center for instant read on evenings and weekends. “
York said that instant read imaging allows for the quickest service available if a doctor is not on site.
“When using instant read the radiologist can immediately view the images and dictate the diagnosis and order verbally and it will be recorded into the medical record electronically,” York said. “They can then send it back to the ordering physician. There are not many places that are offering this service right now.”
York said that the center is not currently equipped to care for inpatient care but there are plans to add a tower for beds. Inpatient services are expected to be offered starting in January 2017.
The emergency room offers 12 bays for patients and two processes called vertical and horizontal that help establish the need for a hospital bed.
“Vertical means the patient may not need to stay on the stretcher with the cardiac monitor the whole length of their stay,” said Teresa Carter, Nurse Manager for Emergency Services at the center.
These processes allow the emergency staff to keep as many bays open as possible.
Carter said that the emergency center is equipped to stabilize any emergency situation and treat any inpatient needs.
“We can handle any emergency situation,” Carter said. “We have partnered with our EMS providers and Novant Health Critical Care Transport to help with transporting anyone that needs a high level of care or inpatient care.”
Carter said that the emergency services nursing staff has 400 years of experience amongst them with specialties in intensive care, neurology, surgery and orthopedics.
She says that physician staff has over 400 years experience amongst them.
“Most staff would be really nervous opening a new medical center but our staff is just taking it in stride because they are experienced and they know what they’re doing,” York said. “It’s just another setting that they’re going to be doing it in. Everything has just flowed really smoothly.”
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