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Medical Profile: American Fork Hospital Emergency Department

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170 N. 1100 East, American Fork(801) 855-3300www.americanforkhospital.org

Dr. Scott Van Wagoner (front) is one of the experienced professionals making American Fork Hospital’s emergency room great for patients.

Dr. Scott Van Wagoner (front) is one of the experienced professionals making American Fork Hospital’s emergency room great for patients.

No one wants to have an emergency. Everyone would prefer that if they had to get sick, it would be at a nice convenient time when doctors are in their offices.

However, maladies often strike at inconvenient times. Children get sick and arms get broken.

When that happens, residents of Utah Valley — especially on the northern end — turn to American Fork Hospital’s Emergency Department.

“American Fork Hospital has been here a long time and is still made up of neighbors helping neighbors,” says Dr. Scott Van Wagoner. “That’s why many of us have chosen to work here. We like the environment a community hospital brings.”

The American Fork Hospital Emergency Department is a great first — and often last — stop to getting patients on the mend and on their way.

The hospital sees about 28,000 patients per year (with 17 beds) and consistently has a door-to-doctor time of less than 20 minutes.

But American Fork isn’t just fast. The hospital’s emergency room has received accolades for its success in treating sepsis and for stroke care.

“We’re very efficient,” says Daphne Thomas, R.N., department manager. “Our doctors are passionate about emergency care and are experienced.”

The 11 doctors are assisted by a qualified, professional staff of nurses and emergency technicians who help make the experience easier and more successful.

The American Fork Hospital is working toward accreditation as a trauma center and will be able to better serve the local community as it upgrades its equipment, facilities and access to specialists.

In 2011, the hospital plans to renovate the ED’s waiting area and triage process to the make the visit for patients and their families more pleasant.

“The community can feel confident we’re ready for everything that comes through the door,” Dr. Van Wagoner says.

If you live in West Lehi, Saratoga Springs or Eagle Mountain, the new Pioneer Crossing considerably lowers the amount of time it takes to get to American Fork Hospital and makes it a great place for emergency room assistance.

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