Yale-New Haven Hospital
Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) is a 944-bed tertiary referral center which includes the 201-bed Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital and the 76-bed Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital. YNHH is the primary teaching hospital for Yale University School of Medicine (YSM); its staff includes 471 supervised resident physicians, who enhance patient care with their around-the-clock coverage and sharp inquisitive minds.
Yale-New Haven regularly ranks among the best hospitals in the U.S. It was accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) in 1999. YNHH, together with the Children's Hospital and the Psychiatric Hospital, provide services for more than 447,000 outpatient and emergency visits. It is the second largest employer in the area, with about 6,000 employees, including 2,200 university-based and community physicians practicing more than 100 medical specialties.
YNHH Emergency Department
The emergency department is arranged into separate adult and pediatric sections. The adult department includes:
- specialty areas for trauma resuscitations, critical care, and acute care
- a fast-track center for urgent care patients
- a crisis intervention unit (CIU) for patients needing emergency psychiatric treatment
- an intoxication observation unit (IOU) for patients needing observation
- a chest pain center for patients who are at risk for cardiac pathology but are not exhibiting definitive signs of cardiac disease
Visits to the Yale-New Haven Emergency Department total over 100,000 per year, including more than 70,000 adult patients and 30,000 children.
Yale-New Haven Hospital is the only ACS-verified Level I trauma center in Southern Connecticut and the only Level I pediatric trauma center in Connecticut. Trauma ranges from blunt trauma due to motor vehicle crashes and falls to complex multiple trauma cases requiring specialty services.
Yale-New Haven Hospital serves as a regional referral center for a large number of services, including pediatric care, which is provided at the Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. Significant tertiary cases often arise, and affiliations with numerous local health centers offer a diversity of medical cases. Many opportunities exist to enroll patients in clinical trials, both within the emergency department and jointly with other departments within the institution.
Resources include full access to online texts, Micromedex, Medline, and other databases from terminals within the emergency department and throughout the hospital. The School of Medicine's Harvey Cushing Library, one of the largest medical libraries in the world, maintains one of the most extensive online journal access systems. This may be accessed from the hospital or from a resident's home through a proxy system.
Bridgeport Hospital, a member of the Yale-New Haven Health System, is a 425-bed community teaching hospital. Located 20 miles south of New Haven in Fairfield County. Bridgeport Hospital began as a 48-bed community hospital in 1884 under the inspired guidance of its first board president, the American showman P.T. Barnum.
In addition to providing tertiary care services in pediatrics, obstetrics, and cardiology, Bridgeport Hospital runs the only burn center in Connecticut.
Bridgeport operates some of its residency programs jointly with Yale-New Haven Hospital and others independently. The emergency medicine residency was planned jointly by Bridgeport and YNHH, to allow residents exposure to a community hospital experience.
Bridgeport Emergency Department
Bridgeport Hospital is a busy trauma center that serves Bridgeport and its surrounding area. The emergency department sees over 60,000 adult and pediatric patients annually. The ED is divided into subacute, acute, fast-track, and pediatric areas. Two major shock/trauma resuscitation bays are available for the initial treatment of these patients until they are stabilized for transfer to other parts of the department.
The emergency department was recently renovated and expanded.