Research Medical Center
November 15, 2016

Research Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—recently debuted Rapid Care Path, a specially designed service to provide patients with high-quality, ER-level care for treatment of minor illnesses and injuries. Patients are greeted within 10 minutes of arrival at Research Medical Center’s Emergency Room and, during the registration and evaluation process, a medical expert determines if the patient is a candidate for Rapid Care Path. If the minor illness or injury—like cold symptoms, sore throat, insect bites and stings, allergic reactions, rashes, suture removal, lacerations and ear complaints, among others—qualifies for Rapid Care Path, the patient is escorted directly to a private treatment room. Patients follow an efficient color-coded care path for rapid, quality care and on average are discharged within 60 minutes of their arrival to the Emergency Room.

According to Research Medical Center Emergency Room Medical Director Jason Eppler, M.D., Rapid Care Path is an innovative approach to ER treatment that allows other ER professionals to focus on high-acuity patients trauma like stroke, burn, heart attack, among others.

“Rapid Care Path helps to ensure that patients visiting our ER receive the appropriate, high-quality care for their treatment or illness,” Dr. Eppler says. “Because a patient’s care path is determined according to their unique situation, they and their loved ones are more satisfied knowing what treatment to expect next.”

“We are dedicated at Research Medical Center to delivering convenient access to healthcare 24/7 and Rapid Care Path is a solution for patients to receive the right care at the right time,” says Research Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum.  “This service aligns perfectly with our commitment to the care and improvement of human life.”

Research Medical Center is among top-performing hospitals in the nation for stroke and heart care, with 39-minute average door-to-needle stroke reversal medicine time, faster than the national average of 60 minutes. Cardiac patients at Research Medical Center’s Emergency Room are evaluated and prepped within the national standard of 90 minutes.

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