NEWARK, NJ - Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark remains open
to serve emergency needs for non-COVID related issues, especially for
conditions where early diagnosis and treatment can be lifesaving, such
as heart attack.
“Our Emergency Department remains open, safe and ready to serve patients
and our community, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week,” said Dr. Hamid
Shaaban, the chief medical officer of Saint Michael’s Medical Center.
“Our emergency room and physicians remain ready to care for you.”
Shaaban said he is concerned that some in the community might ignore danger
signs and postpone trips to the ER for fear of being exposed to the coronavirus.
While Saint Michael’s is treating COVID-19 patients, ensuring safe
access to emergency medical care continues to be a top priority.
Saint Michael’s received an A for the
last four periods from the Leapfrog Group for patient safety and the Patient Safety Excellence Award™ from
Healthgrades in May.
“We are well prepared to handle non-COVID emergencies as well as
able to deal with an influx of potential COVID-19 cases, and are following
all state, local and federal guidelines to safeguard our staff and other
patients from exposure,” Shaaban said.
The stay-at-home order issued by Governor Phil Murphy makes an exception
for those in need of emergency medical treatments. Signs or symptoms of
medical emergencies should not be ignored. Those experiencing signs of
a heart attack or stroke, such as chest pain or sudden muscle weakness,
should still call 911 or visit the emergency room immediately.
Information on the potential warning signs of a heart attack can be found
Those experiencing mild flu-like symptoms should consult with their primary
care physician while taking precautions to self-isolate and limit contact
with family members while at home. If symptoms worsen, however, visit
an emergency room as soon as possible.