Fast Track Process to See Patients Quicker

April 02, 2014
Emergency Department – Fast Track Process to See Patients Quicker Hospital emergency departments have grown busier in recent years with the closures of several area hospitals and the increase in uninsured patients who have no source of primary health care. To meet the growing need, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center has established a “fast-track” service within their emergency departments to treat patients with sore throats, ear aches and other ailments that require medical care but are not true emergencies. “In addition to receiving excellent medical care, our department recognizes that patients also value being seen in a timely manner,” said Missy Blackstock, R.N., Director of the Providence Holy Cross Emergency Department. “To achieve this, we created a fast-track system to treat the less acute patients in a timely fashion just as we treat the patients with more life-threatening illnesses.” To help encourage healthier communities, Providence has several outreach programs that provide free or low-cost preventive health care and early diagnostics. The goal is to treat conditions before they escalate to emergencies. Providence Holy Cross also provides numerous outpatient services throughout the Valley, especially with its Santa Clarita and Porter Ranch outpatient centers.