Message from the Chairman:
The Department of Emergency Medicine at the
Cleveland Clinic Foundation is a full service emergency department with
particular expertise in a variety of acute medical conditions. The
department sees about 58,000 adult and pediatric patients per year and
is staffed by specialists in emergency medicine. In addition to the main
emergency department, we run an urgent care area with emergency
physicians and pediatricians. The urgent care area is open from 10 am to
11 pm each day.
The Department is a leader in the use of an ED
based observation unit for the evaluation and treatment of patients with
conditions that require more extended testing or treatment than can be
done in the emergency department. We have pioneered the use of the
observation unit for the management of heart failure. In addition, many
patients presenting with chest pain are successfully evaluated in our
department. The unit has shown to be an effective means of treating
patients with asthma, cellulites and pneumonia, along with other
We have a burgeoning research program that
includes studies in acute asthma, decompensated heart failure, pediatric
and geriatric emergencies, and acute coronary syndromes. This is run by
our Director of Research, Frank Peacock, MD along with a staff of
research nurses, technicians, and registrars.
The department offers a means of expediting
the treatment for patients referred by the institutionís Nurse on Call
system or by a CCF physician. This program allows for expedited service
for those patients who have been through that process. Anyone can use
this service. Those patients who have a Cleveland Clinic Foundation
physician should contact their physician. Patients who do not have a
Cleveland Clinic Foundation physician can access this service through
the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Nurse on Call System at 216-444-1234.
If you have any questions, comments, or
suggestions please feel free to contact the Department administrative
offices at (216)445-4550.