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St. Mary’s General Hospital Emergency Medicine Department – When Minutes Mean Everything
Located on the Lafayette Avenue side of Hospital (between Oak St. & Crescent Ave.)

From stroke symptoms and heart attacks to serious cuts or broken bones, the Emergency Room Medicine Department at St. Mary’s General is fully prepared to handle any emergency.

About Our ER Wait Time

ER wait time is the average wait time for a patient to see a registered nurse during the triage (evaluation) process in our ER. After patients are triaged (evaluated), they are seen by qualified medical professionals in priority order, according to their medical condition and reason for visit. Times are approximate and provided for information purposes only.

Highlights & Recent Improvements:

  • Highly-Skilled Medical & Nursing Team: Board-Certified Physicians, Certified Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners, Certified ER Nurses.
  • State Certified Stroke Center: St. Mary’s General Hospital has been recognized for its excellent care of patients with symptoms of a stroke. High-tech teleneurology and neurosurgery capabilities save lives – and quality of life for these patients.
  • State Designated Heart Center & STEMI Program: We provide state-of-the-art Cardiovascular Services in the emergency room and closely work with our team of hospital Cardiologists, Interventional Cardiologists, and Cardiac Surgeons to provide treatment for all types of cardiac emergencies including open-heart surgery, catheterizations, ablations, and electrophysiology.
  • Fast Track: For minor emergencies, the ER Department Unit provides expert care that is quick and convenient.
  • Ambulance Service to Speed the Process: St. Mary’s General has a fleet of BLS ambulances. The ambulance squad members are trained to begin emergency treatment the moment they pick you up and transition you directly to the ER suite for maximum safety.

Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA)

At St. Mary’s General Hospital, seniors have earned a little extra consideration, and we are honored to care for the older adults of Passaic.

St. Mary’s General Hospital earned the Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA) recognizing emergency departments that go above and beyond to provide excellent care for older adults. The GEDA program is the culmination of years of progress in emergency care of older adults. In 2014, four geriatric focused organizations developed and released geriatric ED guidelines. These guidelines recommended measures ranging from adding geriatric-friendly equipment to specialized staff to more routine screening for delirium, dementia, and fall risk, among other vulnerabilities.

The voluntary GEDA program provides specific criteria and goals for emergency clinicians and administrators to target. A Geriatric Accredited emergency department must incorporate selected best practices, as well as provide inter-disciplinary geriatric education, and have geriatric appropriate equipment and supplies available.

At the St. Mary’s General Hospital emergency department, we’ll see you quickly, and we take time to evaluate your condition and develop the best plan of care for you. With our geriatric trained Emergency Nurses, our collaborative Emergency Room team is trained to identify older adults that need extra support during and after their hospitalization.

In addition, we work closely with you to manage your long-term health and wellness. Our clinicians develop a discharge plan with you and your family to help you manage your future healthcare needs.

Our accredited senior Emergency Department features an atmosphere to enhance safety and comfort. During your stay, you can expect the following:

  • Educated Geriatric Emergency Nurses
  • Easy-to-read signs and clocks
  • Pressure reducing mattresses
  • Tranquil Environment
  • Handrails
  • Extra seating for family
  • Skid- proof footwear & flooring
  • Large print signage and documents
  • Reading glasses & hearing devices
  • Warm blankets
  • Walkers