Emergency team at McLaren Macomb hasn’t let up on its promise 1 year later
The Wayne and Joan Webber Emergency and Trauma Center meets the growing need for exceptional emergency care in Macomb County.
When McLaren Macomb stuck the first shovel in the ground to officially begin construction of the Wayne and Joan Webber Emergency and Trauma Center, the largest and most advanced emergency center in Macomb County, hospital president and CEO Tom Brisse marked the occasion.
“The team from McLaren Macomb, we come to work every day to deliver the absolute best patient care,” he said. “That’s what we all want to do, nothing less. This new facility is going to provide the perfect setting for us to do that.”
The Wayne and Joan Webber Emergency and Trauma Center was built to meet the growing need for reliable and exceptional emergency care in Macomb County.
Treating its first patient one minute after officially opening in June 2020, the emergency team at McLaren Macomb hasn’t let up on its promise one year later.
“Tracking the health needs of Macomb County, it was clear to us that the demand for emergency care was high and would continue to grow,” Brisse said. “McLaren Macomb is proud to be in the position to meet that need and provide accessible emergency care to anyone who seeks it.”
And patients responded, coming from near and far, via ambulance or their own transportation, with conditions spanning the entire range of severity.
The need and impact were felt over that first year:
- 58,809 total patients treated
- 192 — most patients in a single day (May 3, 2021)
- 15,664 total ambulance arrivals
- 2,048 total trauma activations
- 1,730 total stroke calls
- 185 total heart attack calls
- 23 minutes door-to-doc
“It was an interesting year, to say the least, but people’s need for reliable emergency care in a modern facility never wavered,” said Dr. James Larkin, emergency physician and director of emergency medicine at McLaren Macomb. “Household accidents didn’t stop, car accidents didn’t stop, heart attacks and strokes didn’t stop, and I could go on. We’re here to fill a need, to serve those people in our community. They deserved this facility, and they made use of it and our care.”
The opening of the facility more than doubled the size of Macomb County’s busiest emergency department — also the county’s first verified Level II trauma center — literally overnight.
Designed to treat as many as 120,000 patients annually, the department boasts 68 treatment spaces, including seven resuscitation rooms for the highest priority emergencies and access to a range of physician specialists.
It features separate rooms for pediatric patients, and rooms designed to address the specific needs of geriatric and behavioral health patients. The increased size allows for larger waiting areas, with spaces designated for higher- and lower-acuity patients and pediatric patients.
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