New Nurse Director of BWFH's Emergency Department
Robin Powell, RN
In her new role, Powell is in charge of a staff of about 70-80 people, including nursing, unit service techs, and secretarial staff. She oversees issues of budget, staffing, procedures, and policy creation, and will be working with the newly appointed Physician Director of the Emergency Department to ensure the best quality care possible for all patients.
Powell explains that a lot of upgrades have taken place within BWFH's Emergency Department as of late. "We try to keep our Emergency Department's waiting room empty," she says, "and implementing bedside registration has helped move patients quicker through the system.” Another recent upgrade includes the utilization of Medhost, an electronic medical records system, which is used by the Emergency Department's staff to track patients at every stage of their care.
"Using Medhost in the Emergency Department," Powell says, "has put us at a huge advantage for when EPIC (Partners HealthCare's universal medical records system) comes online. Our staff will already be familiar with working within a similar, templated system."
Upcoming goals for Powell and the Emergency Department include completing sepsis audits, and adding new sepsis screening functionality into Medhost.
When asked what she likes about working at BWFH, Powell says she appreciates the community aspect of the hospital and its smaller feel, but she is glad that BWFH is partnered with the resources of Brigham and Women's Hospital. She also states that people within the BWFH community have been very welcoming and supportive of her in her new role.
When not working, Powell likes to paddleboard on her lake in Sharon, Massachusetts. She also enjoys attending live music concerts, and spending time with her family and her dog, Lacey.