UPMC Hamot Emergency Department

Erie Pennsylvania

UPMC Hamot is a 458-bed tertiary care hospital in Erie, PA that serves as a regional referral hub, Level II Trauma, Comprehensive Stroke & Cardiac Center and is ANCC Magnet designated. UPMC Hamot’s mission is to serve its patients, communities, and one another in the UPMC Hamot tradition of quality, health, healing, and education.

UPMC Hamot’s Emergency Department is a 35-bed unit that provides care to 60,000 patients annually. We are proud to have achieved our third consecutive Lantern Award. One highlighted initiative in our Lantern document is the nurse, physician and leader collaboration that occurred between our ED and a children’s ED that led to us becoming a regional pediatric hub. A 23% increase in our pediatric volume demonstrates that this initiative has improved efficiency and care for chronically and acutely ill children and their families in our community who previously would have traveled two hours for comprehensive care. Our ED also excels in stroke care. The national benchmark is to administer thrombolytics within 60 minutes of arrival; we have demonstrated a 93% compliance of thrombolytic administration within 45 minutes of arrival! Additionally, our ED identified an opportunity to work with the community when we saw an increase in infant unsafe sleep deaths during the pandemic. The nursing staff collaborated with several community organizations and offices to increase awareness, education and resources to families and caregivers of newborns which resulted in a 72% decrease in unsafe sleep deaths last year.