Emergencies happen and can be scary, especially when you're new to a community and may not yet have a relationship with a physician or hospital. The Ohio State University Medical Center has two Emergency Departments (EDs) — one at University Hospital and one at University Hospital East — ready to provide the care you may need. From broken bones and burns to heart attacks and strokes — our EDs are staffed with world-class physicians with access to state-of-the-art technology.
The ED at University Hospital is one of only two adult Level I trauma centers, the highest level of care available, in central Ohio. Equipped to handle the most severe emergencies, our ED benefits from the vast resources within the hospital.
"We bring together in one place specialists and services the patients need rather than have the patient traverse from specialist to specialist," says Sally Betz, RN, MN, trauma program director. "We have always been actively involved in the continuum of care a patient receives, from pre-hospital through recovery, but our level of service truly distinguishes us from other trauma programs nationwide."
Every time we pop a pill in our mouths, roll up a sleeve for a flu shot or head to the hospital for anything from an asthma attack to open-heart surgery, someone somewhere has paved the way for the care we'll receive through the clinical trial process.
"All drugs and devices available to the public have to be tested with people — that's the way they're approved," explains Michael Para, MD, associate dean for Clinical Research at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center. "Human studies are routine and mandatory for FDA approval."
With more than 1,000 clinical trials under way at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center at any given time, the need for volunteers is ongoing — and because some drugs work differently in different populations, there's a particular call for volunteers from minority populations.
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Incorporating the art and science of caring for the whole person — body, mind and spirit — is at the heart of all the services provided by Ohio State's Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM). With the goal of both preventing and treating disease, the CIM approach enhances traditional Western medicine with additional resources, including whole medical systems, mind-body medicine, biologically based practices, manipulative and body-based practices and energy medicine.
CIM is unique in its ability to integrate a wide variety of healthcare professionals to provide the best in health improvement and patient care. This integrative manner of organizing healthcare professionals allows CIM patients to benefit from the diverse expertise represented within the center and facilitates easy access to world-renowned expertise in personalized health care at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center.
"What sets the CIM apart is our emphasis on personalized treatment that allows each person to gain more from the experience, highly specific to his or her needs," says Glen Aukerman, MD, director of the CIM.
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Life Is a Sport
You don't have to be a professional or college athlete to suffer from a sports- or work-related injury. Whether you injure yourself shooting hoops in the driveway, holding a 20-pound baby on your hip or while on the job, The Ohio State University Medical Center is here to help you recover and get back in top form.
The Sports Medicine and Occupational Medicine departments at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center team up to offer solutions for workplace and household injuries. Home and work injuries benefit from immediate care, job- or activity-specific rehabilitation and getting back in "the game" as soon as possible.
"At Ohio State's Sports Medicine Center, we provide the same care for all patients we see as we would for one of our college athletes," says Thomas Best, MD, PhD, FACSM, co-medical director of Ohio State's Sports Medicine Center and director of the Division of Sports Medicine. "We use the same diagnostic and treatment techniques for you as we do for them."
"We use our clinical expertise, available research results and the patient's sports, work and activity goals to treat an injury," explains Dr. Best.