Life Flight would like to thank the Emergency Department of Bear River Valley Hospital for a job well done.
The Bear River Valley Hospital Emergency Department has developed a unique, working relationship with Life Flight over the years, and we’d like to thank them for their contribution to the community they serve. By teaming up with local emergency medical services (EMS), they’ve been able to provide training, support, and outreach education that would typically be unavailable to local communities. Here’s a closer look at what makes them unique:
- Bear River’s ED encounters a variety of patient types due to its rural location – whether from motor vehicle collisions, industrial or farming accidents, or other types of injury or illness. Because of its wide variety of patients, the department’s nurses are prepared for whatever is brought through the door. Curtis Hughes, the ED manager, and his staff are committed to meeting the ever-changing needs of their patients.
- Comprehensive care is provided by physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, and nurses, as well as on-site radiologic and laboratory services.
- A magnetic resonance imaging unit was built at Bear River in 2011. It has a state of the art large-bore MRI which allows for more accessible treatment and follow-up care for patients.
- Trauma experience. The nursing staff has over 50 hours of ICU experience, as well as one nurse with Emergency Nurse certification. All ED nurses are certified in ACLS, PALS, and TNCC. Bear River Valley Hospital ED was the first level 4 trauma center in Utah, and is approaching its third verification with the state of EMS bureau. They have also recently been recognized by the state as a stroke receiving facility.
- Bear River’s ED has a PICC line team, which places central lines for individuals who require such procedures for further treatment. This generates a unique opportunity to provide outpatient infusion therapy to patients.
- Bear River Valley Hospital is an Intermountain Healthcare facility that works closely with other hospitals in the Intermountain region.
- Bear River’s ED works closely with Life Flight to stabilize patients and transfer them to larger facilities for additional care. Patients are stabilized and prepared for transport in an accurate, safe, and efficient environment. Working collaboratively with Life Flight and receiving facilities enables Bear River’s ED team to provide emergent treatment, patient stabilization, and subsequent transfer, discharge, or inpatient admission as necessary.
Thank you, Curtis Hughes and staff, for a job well done. You and your staff in the emergency department are an important component of the Box Elder County EMS community.