Lake Pointe Medical Center Offers New ER Service Powered by InQuickER
ROWLETT, TX (September 26, 2011) – Tired of spending hours in a stuffy, overcrowded ER waiting room? Lake Pointe Medical Center has a solution with InQuickER. This is an emergency room service that facilitates patient satisfaction by allowing consumers to hold a place at the ER online, while waiting in the comfort of their own homes.
Since August, 2011, you can hold your place online at Lake Pointe Medical Center by paying a fee, completing an online form, and arriving at the projected treatment time. You will be seen by a health professional in the emergency room within 15 minutes, or InQuickER will refund your online fee in full. The new service is only intended for individuals who have non-life threatening medical conditions.
“We know people want more convenience and communication in the ER experience,” explains Jackie Cox, RN, director of emergency services at Lake Pointe Medical Center. “While estimates and averages about emergency room wait times may vary, many emergency room patients end up waiting several hours in waiting rooms with no indication of when they’ll be seen With this service, users enjoy the convenience of choosing where they wait and a projected time to see a healthcare professional in the emergency room. “
“Lowering the time spent in an ER may reduce exposure to some infections spreading in the waiting room.” says Dr. Larry Dencklau, ED Medical Director at Lake Pointe Medical Center.
InQuickER does not affect the wait times of other emergency room patients, nor does it allow certain individuals to “cut” in front of others. Additionally, if the projected treatment time changes due to an influx of patients requiring priority treatment, the user will be notified and given an alternate time, or a refund.
Increased demand and decreased capacity are creating traffic jams in ER waiting rooms across the country, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians, creating traffic jams in waiting rooms across the country and adding stress and anguish to an experience that invokes anxiety. To address the growing need to deliver more efficient service, hospitals are utilizing InQuickER to streamline the throughput processes while focusing now, more than ever, on patient satisfaction.
InQuickER has designed safeguards in its system intended to prevent those who have potentially life-threatening medical conditions from using the InQuickER service. Individuals requiring immediate medical treatment should go immediately to the nearest emergency department or call 911.
For more information about holding your place online, please go to www.lakepointemedical.com. At Lake Pointe Medical Center, the fee to use these services is $9.99.
ABOUT LAKE POINTE MEDICAL CENTER
Lake Pointe Medical Center is a 112-bed acute care hospital located at 6800 Scenic Drive in Rowlett. Lake Pointe Medical Center has been serving the residents of Rockwall, Rowlett, Royse City and the surrounding communities since 1987. The hospital provides a wide spectrum of medical services, including an emergency department with Fast Track services, a 14-bed intensive care unit, women's services, a Level II and Level III NICU, interventional cardiology, diagnostic imaging, and eight operating rooms. With a medical staff of over 400 physicians, Lake Pointe Medical Center provides most specialty services. The hospital holds CIGNA Center of Excellence Designations for Laparoscopic Gall Bladder Removal and Vaginal Delivery. The hospital is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and a Level IV Trauma Center by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency, licensed by the state of Texas and certified for participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. To learn more about Lake Pointe Medical Center, visit www.lakepointemedical.com.