Pekin Hospital Opens Clinical Decision Unit

Pekin Hospital has opened a new $75,000 clinical decision unit next to its emergency department for patients who may not require an inpatient admission, but who are not ready to be discharged. The 10-month project was undertaken to improve patient flow through the ER.

In the three-bed clinical decision unit, emergency medicine physicians work with patients’ primary care physicians to provide the right care plan for observation patients in a quick, convenient, and safe environment. Candidates for the clinical decision unit include: patients arriving at the hospital with chest pain, dehydrated patients who may need fluids, patients receiving intravenous antibiotics and blood transfusions, and congestive heart failure patients who need medication to remove excess fluids.

Pekin Hospital’s unit will allow medical staff to assess chest pain patients over the course of 16 hours. “Many people come into the ER with chest pain, and it requires further evaluation to determine if their pain is cardiac related,” Jo Ellen Patterson, R.N., Vice President of Patient Care Services, explains. “The addition of a clinical decision unit will provide prompt care, clinical observation by highly trained staff, and patient convenience without having to be admitted to the hospital.” The unit also provides patients with nearly immediate access to diagnostic testing and laboratory services.

Pekin Hospital is part of Progressive Health Systems, which also includes ProHealth Medical Group – physician practices providing primary and specialty care. Pekin Hospital is celebrating its 100th year of service to the community.


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