Emergency & Trauma

Emergency & Trauma

Emergency Department

The University of Tennessee Medical Center Emergency Department is the tertiary referral center for medical care in the East Tennessee region. It is the area’s only designated Level I Trauma Center for adults and pediatrics. It also is a Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. The facility is one of the largest emergency departments in the area, at 30,500 square feet with 51 beds. The Emergency Department provides care to more than 80,000 patients a year.

A dedicated staff of emergency medicine professionals provides our patients exceptional care. The staff functions with a collaborative, team approach to provide state-of-the-art care with compassion to our patients and their families.

Neuro Critical Care

Patients admitted to Neuro Critical Care Unit (NCC) have a variety of admitting diagnoses such as hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke (or brain attack), seizures, brain tumor, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injuries. These critically injured patients are complex and challenging. They often require mechanical ventilation, fiber optic catheters to monitor intracranial pressures and partial brain tissue oxygenation as well as an invasive cooling system to regulate body temperature.

Daily rounds made by a team of resident physicians, nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists and students are led by attending physicians. During this time the healthcare team reviews the patient’s current state and response to treatment.  A plan of care is developed which includes goals for the next 24 hours. The staff of the Neurocritical Care unit will work with the patients and family to provide individualized care and meet individual needs in any way possible. Family members are encouraged to attend the daily rounds to participate in care planning and ask questions. Up to 2 family members can stay at the bedside except during the hours of shift change. Additional accommodations can be found in the family lounge

The University of Tennessee Medical Center is a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center.  This distinction recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Ours is one of only 23 hospitals in the nation designated by the Adam Williams Initiative (AWI) as fully trained TBI (traumatic brain injury) facilities.  The AWI is a philanthropic foundation endorsed by the Brain Trauma Foundation (BTF), the American Association of Neurologic Surgeons (AANS) and the National Foundation for Trauma Care (NFTC). The Initiative’s goal is to help establish a higher standard of care for traumatic brain injury patients.

The Neuro Critical Care Unit is staffed with experienced critical care nurses, respiratory therapists, nursing assistants, hospital unit coordinators, rehabilitation specialists and pharmacists. All nursing staff members complete a competency-based orientation program. The length of orientation is determined by the employee’s prior experience. New graduate nurses usually require 6 months of orientation.  Advanced certifications such as the American Association of Neuroscience Certification and/or Critical Care Registered Nurse Certification are part of the professional development plan for all RN new hires.

Medical Critical Care

The Medical Critical Care Unit (MCC) is a 20-bed unit equipped to provide comprehensive care for critically ill medical patients with a variety of diagnoses. Patients in Medical Critical Care are treated for clinical conditions such as respiratory failure, ARDS, COPD, pneumonia, GI bleeding, sepsis, end-stage renal disease, pancreatitis, multisystem organ failure, and hematologic, endocrine, or immunologic crisis. Care of these patients includes complex treatments such as continuous renal replacement therapy, mechanical ventilation, vasoactive drug administration, and close hemodynamic monitoring.

Multidisciplinary Approach

The multidisciplinary team in MCC unit consists of intensivists, nurse practitioners, critical care nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, case managers, metabolic support, clergy services, palliative care, physical therapists and occupational therapists. Bedside rounds occur daily for each patient with the team collaborating and sharing knowledge in an effort to provide the best patient care possible.

Medical Critical Care Staff

Our team is dedicated to the patients and families we serve. We have developed a healthy work environment while focusing on the patient striving for optimal outcomes. Maintaining the philosophy of a teaching medical center, MCC offers many opportunities for nurses to grow professionally by expanding knowledge and advancing clinical practice. New staff are supported by a structured orientation process guided by the clinical educator and leadership team.

Trauma Surgical Intensive Care Unit

Patient admitted to the Trauma Surgical Intensive Care Unit (TCISU) have a variety of diagnoses. The most common mechanism of injury is blunt force trauma resulting from motor vehicle accidents and falls.

These critically injured patients are complex and challenging. They often require massive fluid and blood resuscitation, ventilation, dialysis, early nutrition and multiple procedures. The trauma surgeon leads the trauma team by supervising and coordinating patient care. The trauma surgeon may consult specialty physicians such as a neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery or maxillofacial / plastic surgery.

Daily rounds made by a team of resident physicians, nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists and students are led by attending physicians. During this time the healthcare team reviews the patient’s current state and response to treatment.  A plan of care is developed which includes goals for the next 24 hours. The staff of the TSICU will work with the patients and family to provide individualized care and meet individual needs in any way possible. Family members are encouraged to attend the daily rounds to participate in care planning and ask questions.

The University of Tennessee Medical Center has been continuously designated as a Level I Trauma Center—the highest designation available—by the state of Tennessee since 1988.

The TSICU is staffed with experienced critical care nurses, respiratory therapists, nursing assistants, hospital unit coordinators, rehabilitation specialists and pharmacists. All nursing staff members complete a competency-based orientation program. The length of orientation is determined by the employee’s prior experience. New graduate nurses usually require 6 months of orientation.  Advanced certifications such as Critical Care Registered Nurse Certification are part of the professional development plan for all RN new hires.

Leadership Team

Janell Cecil, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Chief Nursing Officer & Senior Vice President

Blaine Enderson, MD

Vice President of Emergency, Trauma & Critical Care

Karen Pryor, MSN, RN, CNML

Executive Director, Emergency, Trauma, & Critical Care Services

Theresa Day, MSN, RN, CCRN

Nurse Manager, TSICU

Myala Hendricks, MSN, RN

Nurse Manager, Emergency Department

Elizabeth Talbott, BSN, RN, CCRN

Nurse Manager, MCC

Bill Shingler, MSN, RN, NVRN-BC

Nurse Manager, NCC

Contact Info
Emergency & Trauma Center
1924 Alcoa Highway, Box 107
Knoxville, TN 37920
865-305-6359

Monday-Friday, 8 am-4:30 pm

Find a Doctor Make an Appointment
0

Start typing and press Enter to search