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Ellis Hospital Emergency Department



Emergency Care - When Every Minute Counts

1101 Nott Street, Schenectady NY 12308 - Call 518.243.4121

The Golub Center for Emergency Services at Ellis Hospital is a state-of-the-art medical facility that provides high quality care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Cardiac Emergencies:

During a heart attack, it’s important to get to the nearest hospital that can stabilize your condition and prevent more serious damage to heart tissue. Because we can deliver top-quality care close to home, Ellis is the best place to be when experiencing heart problems.

Stroke Center:

Ellis Medicine is a New York State designated Stroke Center, nationally recognized for outstanding stroke care. Our experienced Stroke Team offers 24/7 emergency coverage, caring for you or your loved one from arrival in our Emergency Department to discharge from our Neuroscience nursing unit

24/7 Emergency:

The Emergency Department at Ellis Hospital is staffed, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with an experienced team of physicians and health care providers, committed to providing you with the highest quality of care in the timeliest manner possible.

For more information about Emergency Services, please call 1.888.EllisInfo (1.888.355.4746) or 518.243.3333.

Faster care for cardiac emergencies

An ambulance carrying a heart attack patient in Rotterdam transmits an EKG image to the Emergency Department (ED) at Ellis Hospital and to the cell phone of an on-call cardiologist. This triggers an alert in the Ellis ED, activating the staff and Cardiac Catheterization team to ready the necessary resources. By the time the heart attack patient arrives at Ellis, the process for treating the patient is well underway. This preparation speeds the time it takes to get the patient to the catheterization lab, where the interventional cardiologist (the same doctor who received the alert on his cell phone) is waiting to open the patient's blocked coronary artery with a balloon catheter.

Innovative new procedures such as this are helping cardiac patients receive better care faster, and Ellis is leading the way with innovative team approaches and streamlined processes that speed treatments and save lives. In fact, Ellis was named one of the nation's "Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals" for 2011 by Thomson Reuters, one of only two hospitals in New York State to receive this recognition.

"Our success is due to a collaborative effort with ambulance companies, as well as fire departments in Schenectady, Saratoga, Fulton and Montgomery Counties," says electrophysiologist Robert Joy, M.D.. Ellis Medicine has donated state-of-the-art EKG machines and corresponding computer equipment to some local EMS crews, including those in Schenectady, Niskayuna and Clifton Park/Halfmoon, to enable them to digitally transmit EKG data to computers in Ellis Hospital's emergency department.

Early diagnosis and treatment in the Emergency Department

The Ellis cardiac team’s expertise is especially critical in diagnosis and treatment of cardiac conditions in the Emergency Department. Because nearly half of all heart attack victims do not present classic symptoms, our team members can recognize and begin treating atypical symptoms before they do serious, irreversible damage to heart tissue. The cardiac team model has helped us improve response times and achieve better patient outcomes.

Door-to-balloon times that beat national goals

An important measure of cardiac care and program responsiveness is "door-to-balloon time" - the average time for a heart attack patient to get from the emergency room to the catheterization lab where a balloon is inflated in his or her artery to restore blood flow.

Ellis Hospital’s door-to-balloon time averages about 54 minutes, about 36 minutes faster than the national benchmark, to provide potentially lifesaving treatments much sooner. "We've been able to get patients out of the ambulance and up to the catheterization lab to open the coronary artery in under 20 minutes," adds interventional cardiologist Steven Weitz, M.D.

Successes like our door-to-balloon times are important milestones on the way to further improvements. This commitment to innovation and procedural efficiencies improves outcomes and quality of life for our patients.

Breakthrough therapies for better patient outcomes

The Emergency team at Ellis Medicine employs the latest advances in emergency care. Recently we've added breakthrough treatments such as Hypothermic Therapies for heart attack victims. Learn more here...

Complete cardiac care, close to home

During a heart attack, it’s important to get to the nearest hospital that can stabilize your condition and prevent more serious damage to heart tissue. Ellis is centrally located to serve Southern Saratoga, Western Albany and Schenectady Counties, as well as Fulton, Montgomery and Schoharie Counties in central New York. Because we can deliver top-quality care close to home, Ellis is the best place to be when experiencing heart problems.

For more information about Ellis Medicine’s Wright Heart Center or Emergency Services, please call 1.888.EllisInfo (1.888.355.4746) or 518.243.3333.

Nationally recognized, state designated

Stroke is a life-threatening condition that occurs when one of the arteries to the brain is either blocked or bursts. A stroke victim’s chance of recovery depends on receiving immediate care, so learn to recognize the symptoms of stroke, call 9-1-1 and get to Ellis Hospital.

Ellis is nationally recognized for outstanding stroke care and is a New York State designated Primary Stroke Center. Our Stroke Team includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, physician assistants, registered nurses, and clinicians from the hospital’s Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit, all specially trained in caring for patients with stroke.

Every minute counts when treating a patient experiencing a stroke. Our Stroke Team is on call 24/7, ready to respond immediately:

  • Our Stroke Alert System assembles the hospital’s team for the rapid evaluation of the patient who may be having a stroke;
  • State-of-the-art imaging is available for quick, accurate diagnosis;
  • Ellis’ Neuro Intensive Care Unit, staffed by specially trained nurses and supported by physician assistants, rehabilitative specialists and case management staff, provides an exceptional environment for the comprehensive care of our stroke patients.

Nationally recognized stroke care

Ellis is a New York State designated Primary Stroke Center and is nationally recognized for outstanding stroke care. Ellis has received the Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award in 2010, 2009, from the American Stroke Association– the only hospital in the region to earn this recognition. Ellis also earned the Stroke Gold Award in 2008, 2007 - Ellis was the first hospital in New York State, and among 12 in the nation, to be honored with a Gold Award in 2007. Look for us in the annual "Best Hospitals" issue of US News & World Report.

Support group for stroke survivors, families and caregivers

Ellis offers a monthly support group for stroke survivors, their caregivers, and family members. For more information about the support group, or for any stroke education needs, please call us at 518.243.1310.

Quality emergency care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

The Golub Center for Emergency Services at Ellis Hospital is a state-of-the-art medical facility that provides high quality emergency care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Ellis also operates a 24/7 Emergency Department at the Ellis Health Center at 600 McClellan Street, Schenectady. Ellis Medicine's Emergency Departments handle more than 80,000 visits per year. We continue to implement new initiatives to improve quality of care and reduce the wait time for patients.

Highlights of our recent improvements include:

Streamlined triage and registration process that has reduced the average time from triage to getting a patient into an exam room to just 11 minutes.

Added physician and nursing staff, plus 17 additional treatment rooms help ease the congestion that came with unifying three hospitals into one.

Physician In Triage (PIT) program through which an emergency room physician conducts an initial assessment of the patient, ordering medications and testing as needed.

An electronic Emergency Department Tracking Board and electronic health records (debuting in 2011) will help provide greater efficiencies, enhanced communication among caregivers, and ultimately provide further quality and patient safety improvements.

Ellis' emergency medicine experts are utilizing innovative, time saving procedures and technology to enhance quality of care and reduce the wait time for patients.

Ellis collaborates with EMS professionals by donating enhanced EKG units that can transmit EKGs directly to the ED, helping to recognize heart attack patients even before they arrive at Ellis.

Ensuring a continuum of care

Ellis Medicine strives to ensure that a patient's care doesn't end when he or she leaves the emergency department. Ellis' Emergency care team collaborates with the hospital's case managers and the health services navigators at the Ellis Medical Home to link patients with the resources they need when they leave the hospital - whether it's a referral to a primary or specialty care physician, assistance with completing an application for health insurance or connecting them to community and social service agencies. These collaborations go a long way toward reducing unnecessary emergency room visits and providing an effective continuum of care for the patient.

For more information about Ellis Emergency Services, please call 1.888.EllisInfo (1.888.355.4746) or 518.243.3333.