About the Emergency Department
In 2003, the 120,000-square-foot Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH) Emergency Department (ED) opened on the hospital’s main campus in Dayton. The facility is designed to provide the most technologically advanced emergency and critical care services in the north Dayton area and features:
- 48 private treatment rooms, 39 of which have a telephone and television
- Private waiting areas for family and friends
- Rooftop helipad with an elevator to transport patients directly to the ED, ICU or Operating Room
- Seven resuscitation rooms dedicated to treating patients in critical condition, one of which are equipped to stabilize pediatric patients
- Four psychiatric seclusion rooms to isolate patients needing a quiet environment
- Dedicated Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Squad room for administrative needs
- Two CT scanners
- One x-ray room
The ED is designed to provide the easiest possible access for everyone who uses it, from the patient who walks in the canopy-covered front door to the EMS crews who transport critically ill or injured patients to the hospital. When seeking emergency care, patients want prompt, competent treatment.
The department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to provide quality services to the community. The ED is staffed with emergency physicians, registered nurses, paramedics, and EMTs prepared to handle the patients who come to the department for care. Many of our nurses are certified in emergency nursing. The ED will continue to treat and admit single-organ-system/uncomplicated trauma injuries and stabilize and transfer any multiple-system trauma injury. We continue to maintain all subspecialties on call to assist in the treatment of patients who require admission and/or additional care.
Emergency Medical Services
There are several features of the GSH ED provided to benefit EMS squads and the patients they transport.
The ambulance bay enables EMS squads to enter the facility in any kind of weather. The dedicated EMS room, away from the public areas, allows crew members to write reports in a quiet environment, minimizing their time spent writing between calls. A lounge area equipped with food, snacks, drinks and tv is also available for EMS crew members while they are here!
Patients suffering from severe injury or illness, who are typically transported to the hospital by area EMS crews, are taken straight to one of our dedicated resuscitation rooms to be stabilized and, if appropriate, transferred to an area trauma center.
GSH has a highly regarded collaborative teamwork approach between EMS personnel and ED doctors. Stroke and cardiac alerts can be initiated in the field by EMS in collaboration with the ED physician. This provides earlier treatment for the patient and provides faster, better care upon the patients' arrival.