Institute and Location
The Regions Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency is sponsored by the HealthPartners Institute. The Institute is the clinical learning arm of HealthPartners and consists of the Office for Health Professional Education, which administers residencies at Regions Hospital, HealthPartners Clinical Simulation and Regions Hospital Medical Library. The Medical Director of Education for the Health Professional Institute is Felix Ankel, MD, former program director for the Emergency Medicine Residency. The executive director of Health Professional Education is Kelly Frisch, MD, who is also the Regions Hospital designated institution official.
Department Head Update
Regions hospital plays a critical role in providing emergency care throughout the Twin Cities greater metro and western Wisconsin communities. The number of patients choosing Regions for emergency medical care is increasing and we are prepared. The emergency department’s vision to be a center of excellence for high quality affordable emergency care and a center of education and research excellence is the focus of department goals. With this vision in mind, our goals focus around ultrasound education, patient satisfaction, introducing a split flow emergency department, changes in the model of care of our psychiatric patients and designing a new ambulance arrival center.
Our emergency residents play critical roles in development of hospital and department quality and patient safety projects. Highlights are a hospital wide point of care ultrasound education program, treatment of sepsis patients using alerts and reviewing ordering patterns, instituting a prehospital EMS direct to CT scanner protocol that is seeing record arrival to clot buster results, reviewing best practice and instituting a safe hand-over process, and operationalizing an educational workshop for the entire department supporting the best patient experience.
The emergency medicine department at Regions is built on relationships of trust and confidence. I look forward to continued opportunities to engage, lead, and sustain the changes needed in the emergency healthcare system to benefit the health of the community we serve.
Kurt Isenberger, MD
Regions Hospital ED
The Regions Hospital Emergency Center is a Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center located in St. Paul, MN, serving the east metropolitan Twin Cities area, including western Wisconsin. The emergency department (ED) is comprised of 50,000 square feet of clinical space with 55 treatment rooms. An additional 8,000 square feet houses the resident room, library, conference space and administrative offices.
The emergency department includes private rooms, in-department radiology suite, discharge pharmacy, waiting room and triage area, employee lounge and locker room, and five care areas (pods), including an 11-bed care pod for our crisis/behavioral health patients.
2022 Emergency Center Stats:
- 89,869 Patient Visits (highest patient volume year at Regions ever)
- 4.7% Pediatric Patients (< 16)
- 11% Mental Health Patients
- 4060 Trauma Admissions
- 898 Trauma Team Activations (2nd highest year on record)
- 25% Admission Rate
- 65.8% Of all hospital admissions come out of the ED
In 2022, our work focused on:
- Operating as a System: Identify alignment opportunities for ED policies and practice across the organization.
- Digitize and Automate: Implement 2 way texting communication between physicians via Epic Secure Chat and direct texting to patients/families in the waiting room.
- Innovate and Differentiate: Complete triage redesign to improve operational flow and physical space, and champion myChart registration for all patients who visit the emergency department.
- Deepen Consumer Affinity: Personalize each visit.
- Evolve Culture; Transform Work: Design and implement staff recognition and engagement plan, utilize multidisciplinary simulation curriculum/plan for patient safety and communication, and enhance offerings for staff resiliency.
- Advance Health Equity: Bridge health equity data analysis with patient experience.
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