The Department of Emergency Medicine provides clinical services to the following facilities:
- UAB Hospital & UAB Highlands (Birmingham, AL)
- Children's Hospital of Alabama (Birmingham, AL)
- Baptist Medical Center South (Montgomery, AL)
UAB Hospital & UAB Highlands
UAB Hospital is the centerpiece of UAB Health System. It is located in the Medical District of Birmingham on the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus. Situated among major research centers and clinics, UAB Hospital, a 1,100-bed facility, provides patients with a complete range of primary and specialty care services, as well as the most up-to-date treatments and innovations in health care. As a university hospital, UAB Hospital is a major center for clinical research and the home of some of the top medical programs in America.
UAB Hospital now has a new front door, assuring a commitment to world-class care for patients across Alabama and throughout the world, with the new UAB Hospital facility that opened in November of 2004. The 885,000-foot, 11-story hospital includes 37 operating suites, two procedure rooms, three medical surgical units, four intensive care units—trauma and burn intensive care, surgical intensive care, neuroscience intensive care, and cardiovascular intensive care—and a 38,000-square-foot emergency department.
The new Emergency Department of University Hospital is located on the ground floor of the North Pavilion. Access to the department is through the ambulance ramp, an ambulatory patient entrance, and a large heliport atop the building. This new, state-of-the-art facility serves a volume of 70,000 adult ED visits per year, encompassing a wide variety of critical and non-critical medical and surgical illness. UAB Highlands serves a volume of 20,000 adult ED visits per year for a combined total of 90,000. The Emergency Department staff of 75 nursing and support personnel is headed by a nurse manager reporting directly to hospital administration, thereby facilitating the rapid acquisition of supplies and equipment.
The ED information system is provided by Cerner FirstNet, one of the most complete integrated ED solutions available on the market today. FirstNet automates a wide range of functions performed in the ED including registration, triage, tracking, orders, documentation, and medical records.
The current facility consists of 45 treatment rooms arranged in a configuration of five separate yet integrated patient care areas, each with its own nursing station and support personnel. There are 32 medical/surgical beds, nine urgent care area beds, and a large, ultramodern trauma/burn resuscitation unit equipped with three large trauma-procedure rooms. The trauma unit is equipped with OR-style lighting, and, as with the rest of the ED, digital radiography is present throughout. Two high-speed, multi-detector CT scanners are located within the ED itself. The ED also is equipped with a stat lab, minimizing laboratory turnaround times.
The department is staffed with over 60 hrs/day of emergency physician coverage (an average of two to three emergency physicians at all times). The University of Alabama Hospital is the only American College of Surgeons–verified Adult Level I Trauma Center in the state of Alabama and is a regional referral center for head and spinal cord trauma, burns, stroke, cardiac, neonatal, and psychiatric disorders.
UAB Highlands is a campus of UAB University Hospital that provides a variety of clinics and surgical services. Highlands has an emergency department staffed 24/7 by faculty from the UAB Department of Emergency Medicine. The emergency department is currently in the process of expanding to 15 beds.
Children's Hospital of Alabama
Children's Hospital of Alabama is a 350-bed pediatric specialty hospital, serving seriously ill and injured children from throughout the state of Alabama as well as 38 other states. The hospital is responsible for the education of pediatric house-staff of the University of Alabama School of Medicine and serves as the exclusive provider of pediatric emergency care in the Medical Center. The Emergency Department of the Children's Hospital is a modern, state-of-the-art pediatric emergency center with approximately 55,000 visits each year.
Physically, the facility is divided into the Emergency Department and the Acute Care Clinic. The emergency facility itself is responsible for the care and resuscitation of non-ambulatory and seriously ill or injured children, usually transported by ambulance or aero-medical systems. The Acute Care Clinic treats a large number of children with ambulatory pediatric illnesses. Patient care in both units is supervised by Pediatric Emergency Medicine faculty from the Department of Pediatrics. In addition to its own integrated radiographic facility, the Children's Hospital Emergency Department has a pediatric trauma unit, staffed by pediatric faculty, house-staff, and Emergency Medicine residents. Senior surgical house-staff rotate through Children's Hospital for their pediatric surgical experience. The unit receives a significant number of critically injured children, serving as the initial stabilization and treatment area for all injured patients prior to further intensive care or operative treatment.
Besides fine emergency facilities, Children's Hospital boasts a comprehensive tertiary pediatric facility including a burn unit, neurosurgical unit, and pediatric intensive care unit staffed by pediatric intensivists, pediatric surgeons, and other appropriate subspecialties. The Emergency Medicine housestaff will rotate through both units of the pediatric Emergency Care facility and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit as part of their experience. The Regional Newborn ICU, physically located at University Hospital, is staffed by neonatologists from the Department of Pediatrics and is another critical care rotation in which Emergency Medicine residents will participate.
Baptist Medical Center South
Since its founding in 1963, Baptist Medical Center South has grown to become Montgomery's largest health care facility and Baptist Health's tertiary care center, offering unsurpassed specialty services and treatment. Through advanced technology, professional expertise, and an exceptional level of personalized care, Baptist Medical Center South is the comprehensive resource for family health care in central Alabama. Known for its outstanding cardiovascular, orthopaedic, neurology, and surgical services, Baptist Medical Center South is home to skilled and dedicated physicians, nurses, and staff. The hospital offers residents of central Alabama an accredited sleep disorders center, a regional neonatal intensive care unit, a chest pain diagnosis and treatment center within the emergency department, a behavioral health treatment facility, and family-centered maternity care. Fully accredited by the Joint Commission, this licensed 454-bed, faith-based, not-for-profit medical center is committed to meeting the health care needs of central Alabama with care and compassion.