About the Emergency Medicine Department

The Department of Emergency Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital has had independent departmental status since 1982. It encompasses 38,000 square feet and provides care for approximately 100,000 ED patients annually. Twenty-four percent of the patients seen are admitted, and 44 percent of all hospital patients are admitted through the Emergency Department.

Our patient population consists of:

  • 17% critically ill
  • 52% emergent care
  • 19% pediatrics
  • all others: 12%

There are over 3,000 resuscitations annually. The senior EM resident is the team leader in all of these (medical or trauma), while the junior EM resident is responsible for life-saving procedures under the supervision of the staff physician.

The Department has two major resuscitation rooms, a 16 bed critical care area and separate areas for emergency, urgent and pediatric care. The Department has two X-ray suites, two CT scanners, and an ultrasound suite within the department, all fully staffed with technicians and radiologists 24 hours a day. In addition, 7 mobile ultrasound machines are present in the department exclusively for emergency physician use in bedside imaging. An on-site pharmacy provides for rapid access and distribution of medications as well as physician consultation. A clinical pharmacist is often present for resuscitations and procedural sedation. Our outstanding Emergency Medicine physician assistants complement our delivery of health care throughout the Department, caring for low acuity patients to allow residents to focus on the higher acuity patients. The department consists of a diverse group of over 45 senior staff physicians and 52 residents in three training tracks (EM, EM/Internal Medicine and EM/IM/Critical Care). There are over 300 RNs and support personnel employed full-time by the department.

Henry Ford Health System has a long-standing and deep-rooted commitment to diversity in our workforce, research and educational programs. In the Department of Emergency Medicine, we believe that this commitment to diversity both strengthens our community and ensures delivery of the highest quality patient care. We encourage inclusion of all, including those who are traditionally underrepresented in medicine such as racial and ethnic minorities, LGBT-identified or gender nonconforming individuals, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds or with special needs, and others. Henry Ford Health System does not permit discrimination of any kind.

The Department provides clinical training opportunities for our Emergency Medicine residents, residents from other training programs, as well as for medical students from the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and over 20 other U.S. medical schools. We also participate in training of RNs, PAs and EMS personnel. A medical library, up to date computers with Internet access to medical databases, lockers and resident office space are located within the Department. Supervision is provided 24 hours a day by board certified/board eligible emergency medicine physicians.

The Emergency Department recently implemented a fully integrated Electronic Health Record system (Epic) with integrated voice recognition dictation software. All physician and nursing documentation is done electronically without need for dictations. The state-of-the-art radiology and laboratory is completely computerized throughout the system with instant access to current images, laboratory and outpatient or inpatient visit data from any of the Henry Ford Health System facilities.

The Department of Emergency Medicine has led the nation on the development of Early Goal-Directed Therapy and the Surviving Sepsis Campaign. The faculty continue to perform ground breaking research in sepsis, neuro emergencies, biomarkers, etc. that set standards for patient care across the country. We recently won a grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Institute for Neurologic Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) to become a hub for NIH grants in Neurologic Emergencies. Seventeen centers around the country will form a Neurologic Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT) Network to rapidly carry out studies on Neurologic Emergencies. More details on our research page.

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