Fast Track Program
Patients with less serious illnesses and injuries can be seen in
the Fast Track area, shortening both wait and treatment times.
Fast Track is not an urgent care center, but an "express lane"
through the Emergency Department experience. The goal is to get
patients in and out within 60 minutes.
To access the new service, patients will come to the Emergency
Department and will be evaluated by a triage nurse prior to
treatment to assess the severity of their injury or illness.
Patients with less-urgent issues-such as a sprained arm or a cut
finger that requires a few stitches-will be put on the Fast
The new service will be located within the Emergency Department.
An emergency physician and nurse will be available specifically
for Fast Track patients seven days a week from 2:30 p.m. to 10:00
p.m., which are peak hours for Emergency Department visits.
"The Fast Track program is made possible by having a physician
and nurse specifically assigned to oversee the rapid assessment
and treatment of their patients," explained Julia Feig, RN,
director of emergency services for Simi Valley Hospital. "Every
case is unique. But our goal is to have patients with
non-life-threatening conditions treated within 60 minutes."
"Our patients receive timely yet professional care. Just because
we're fast doesn't mean that quality is compromised," said Alfred
Yu, MD, medical director for Simi Valley Hospital's Emergency
Department. "The goal of the fast track is to rapidly evaluate
and treat patients who present with minor illnesses or injuries.
By placing them in a specific, separate area they will not be
subject to any delays that could take place when patients with
more serious conditions are seen in the main emergency
As Simi Valley and Ventura County continue to experience growth,
the demand on the hospital's Emergency Department increases
accordingly. In 2010, there were more than 26,000 patient visits
to the emergency room, and that number is expected to rise in