Pitt County Memorial Hospital Cuts Emergency Department Waiting Times

Pitt County Memorial Hospital is working hard to get more efficient.

New numbers out show the hospital's emergency department wait times were cut 14 minutes last year.

The hospital tells us it takes about 43 minutes for a patient to see a doctor from the time they walk in the door, that's a significant drop from the 57 minutes it took in 2007.


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  • by Employee on Feb 9, 2009 at 04:07 AM
    Come on Guys, Keep Coming to the ED, Got an Ingrown Toenail, That's okay. It's called Job Security for us. So keep it up. We want to see you. We want you Business
  • by It's not all about you Location: Greenville on Feb 8, 2009 at 04:49 PM
    Wow,some amazing posts. As a non-clinical, non-administration employee at the hospital I have a different POV. Unfortunately the ER is used as a Drs. office, which contributes greatly to wait times. Alternates to ER are a Drs. office or MedDirect. The hospital does its best to look out for the community...both clinically and financially. I don't know of one Dr. or nurse who would knowingly deny a patient quality care...sometimes there is just an overwhelming burden placed on them and they do the best they can under the circumstances. If you walk into an ER, remember - it's not all about you!! And administration isn't just trying to fill the beds and make $$ as some imply - they work hard daily to assure there is enough money to keep this quality hospital running. Non-paying patients feel it's their "right" to receive healthcare, but it costs the rest of us dearly. Instead of so many complaining, maybe you should pray for those who are trying to help you the best they can.
  • by Widowed Mom Location: Greenville on Feb 8, 2009 at 03:40 PM
    My husband was taken to Pitt ER on several occasions for heart problems. He and I were always treated very well. On his last visit he passed away. NOT DUE TO PITT, but from his health. My children and I were very distraught and we were treated with the utmost respect. I have alot of respect for all the employees in the ER. They showed us excellent compassion. My husband and I also worked with fire and rescue. I can say from experience you are treated according to the emergency status of your injury or illness. They are not trying to neglect you but if someone comes in with a more life threatening injury, they should be seen first. I do know waiting can be aggravating but how many of you have waited in line for a rollercoaster ride, a concert, a ball game or any other thing you really wanted. Sometimes life is about waiting! I give a big high five to everyone at Pitt!
  • by pcmh employee Location: small town on Feb 8, 2009 at 01:55 PM
    I have been employed with the emergency room at PCMH for almost 4 years. I love my job. I have read the comments about PCMH. I was a patient at PCMH on December 25, 2008. The staff treated me very well. The people that are complaining should put themselves in the employee's place. I know for a fact that the staff is doing everything they can to handle the patient load!!
  • by Dave on Feb 8, 2009 at 12:54 PM
    Some of these stories are hilarious, especially the ones by Zach and Sylvia!
  • by ED RN Location: Greenville on Feb 8, 2009 at 12:53 PM
    I just wanted to say that all the comments about how the ED took great care or saved a family members life helps me to go to work tonight. "Thanks" is a rare word to be heard to an ED nurse and it goes a long way. As an ED nurse at PCMH I know of problems but I also know there is great pride and caring hearts that continue to care for patients and truly mean "I am sorry" when they say that to a patient who is waiting "too long". I choose to stay, I support manager because I know she cares and she has "superiors" who might not "get it" as much as she does. We do the best we can with the resources we have. There REALLY IS A NATIONAL SHORTAGE OF NURSES! It effects all aspects of care and it will get worse with the socialization of medicine. Please rememeber now and in the future your nurse is a person. She does care.
  • by Sylvia Location: Greenville on Feb 8, 2009 at 12:13 PM
    When I came home past my curfew last month my dad got really mad and beat me with a whiffle ball bat. I was taken to Pitt Hospital and they took great care of me.
  • by former employee Location: enc on Feb 8, 2009 at 10:07 AM
    Whatever your opinion and past experiences, we are very fortunate to have this facility serving 29 counties of this state. I have been a consumer of health care here where my children were born and I have cared for children there. I have had a few negative experiences but by all means the positive way out-weigh the bad ones. The sad thing is for the ones who have a negative opinion about PCMH, my message to you is that I'm afraid "you ain't seen nothing yet" because NATIONALIZED HEALTH CARE will see to it that you WILL wait longer and that the quality of care will fall. Those much needed tests may not be seen as needed in the future. MORTALITY WILL INCREASE especially here in rural North Carolina. Good Luck to us all. Thank you to all the staff and employees of the medical arena for what you do. I appreciate you.
  • by Staff on Feb 8, 2009 at 07:04 AM
    Thats a very good point Anonymous- I think the Problem is the ones that come for those very reasons During the Week and on weekends. Nobody is arguing that for stiches at 3 in the Morning you shouldn't come to the ED, it's stiches at 2 in the afternoon that's a problem.
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Feb 8, 2009 at 05:17 AM
    Could someone please tell me where else you can go at 2:00am in the morning to get stiches? You say the ER is for emergencies (chest pain)(MVA). Would it help to have a different place to direct the non-emergency visits that just can't wait until Monday morning (thay have insurance) and might just have a tooth ache, and since Friday have become septic form oral surgery. Why can't you seperate the different areas? I'm sure people understand that they must wait to be seen after you have your MI stable. But at times their are some of your considered "non-emergency" patients that need to be helped ASAP, without waiting hours. I would think to seperate the difference areas would benefit both staff and patients. Or OPEN a 24 hr. non-emergency clinic!!!!!!!!!!
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