As of today, if a patient comes to the WMHS Emergency Department and has symptoms requiring additional testing and /or evaluation, they will be placed in our new Observation Unit on 5 West. Our previous unit was part of the Pediatric Unit, but we quickly outgrew that space over the last year. The new unit is double the size and there is room to expand. There are spacious rooms equipped with the full amenities offered by WMHS. A typical stay in the Observation Unit can last from 12 to 48 hours. A highly trained staff of physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and physicians assistants are assigned to the unit to care for our patients.
WMHS is making every effort to remain ahead of the health care reform curve and applying the rapidly expanding concepts such as the Observation Unit is allowing us to accomplish that task.