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Serving Our Emergency Patients and our Communities

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Illinois is a 183-bed medical care facility with more than 700 physicians representing 50 medical specialties. It is part of Advocate Health Care, a faith-based organization that exists to serve its communities.  Advocate Health Care is one of the Top Ten integrated healthcare systems in the United States (Thomson-Reuters,) and is the largest provider of care in the Midwest.

Our Emergency Department

When time is critical, expertise makes a difference.  Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital's Emergency Department is staffed by some of the most experienced physicians, with many having served previously in major metropolitan trauma centers.  Together with ER/Trauma specialty-certified staff, they treat approximately 35,000 patients a year.  All physicians are board-certified emergency medicine specialists, and its surgeons are board-certified trauma surgical specialists.  Good Shepherd's experienced emergency services team is always there for people in need.

The Emergency Department never closes its doors, never takes a day off, and the staff is committed to delivering compassionate quality care to every patient, every time, from admission through discharge.

Good Shepherd's Emergency Department specifics:

  • Tri-County Emergency Physicians are board-certified emergency medicine specialists and have served our communities for more than 30 years.
  • Board-certified radiologists, trauma surgeons and neuro-surgeons
  • Highly-trained, experienced nurses including Advanced Cardiac Life Support , Pediatric Advanced Life Support and certified Trauma Nurse Specialists.
  • Emergency Department Approval for Pediatrics (EDAP) by the State of Illinois to treat pediatric injuries and illnesses.
  • Level II Trauma Center designation certified by the State of Illinois
  • 32,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility built new from the ground up in 2008.
  • All private rooms with sliding soundproof doors
  • Dedicated specialty-treatment rooms for trauma, pediatrics, cardiac, orthopedics, OB/GYN.
  • Fast Track Center to treat minor injuries or illnesses with an admission-to-discharge goal of 60-minutes or less.

A Better Emergency Experience

Our environment of care was created to provide a calming atmosphere, and the staff itself designed processes and procedures to make patient stays as stress-free as an ER visit can be. Our patient satisfaction measures consistently score among the top quartile nationally for all emergency departments.

Less Waiting

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital's Emergency Department goal is to provide patients with quick, efficient service. No matter how serious or minor your injury or illness, our staff understands that no one wants to pay the ER a visit, and they recognize how important quick, accurate diagnosis and treatment is what our communities want in emergency medical care. When you arrive, you will be greeted in the waiting area. The Triage Nurse will then complete an assessment and initiate your treatment plan.

Social Services & Case Management

Our social workers and case managers serve the emergency department seven days a week, and have a passion for helping patients achieve a higher quality of life. They evaluate challenging situations and can bring in other healthcare partners to ensure patients the help and support they need in difficult circumstances.

Bedside Registration

Automated bedside registration saves waiting time in the Emergency Department. Once a patient is assessed by the triage nurse and escorted to an examination room, the registrars complete the registration process at the bedside. Simultaneously, the emergency nurse and physician will begin their treatment plan in order to provide you a diagnosis as quickly as possible.

Quicker Test Results

Our Emergency Department staff partners with our laboratory and radiology departments to promote quick turnaround times for diagnostic studies ordered by the physician. Faster turnaround time is a priority for everyone involved. Point-of-Care testing also contributes to quicker turnaround time.

Cardiac Alert

Our Emergency Department Cardiac Alert protocol saves lives. Good Shepherd paid for and deployed a wireless remote 12-lead electrocardiogram system with all area first-responders. If arriving by ambulance, paramedics communicate the patient's symptoms directly to our Emergency Department via radio communication and remotely transmit the real-time EKG read-outs back to the ER staff. While the ambulance is in route, the cardiac alert team assembles and prepares to receive the patient at the door with all necessary medications and equipment. For these cardiovascular patients, the faster they're treated often is the difference between life and death. For patients who arrive on their own to the emergency department, the staff initiates the same cardiac alert protocol.

Stroke Alert

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital is accredited by DNV Healthcare Inc. as a Primary Stroke Center. According to the National Stroke Association, stroke accounts for more than one out of every 15 deaths in the United States. Time-to-treatment is no less critical for the stroke patient and the cardiac case. Like the Cardiac Alert team, Good Shepherd's Stroke Alert program is based on clinical best practice guidelines to manage and optimize stroke patient care to save vital brain function.

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