Whether you are battling a case of pneumonia or recovering from surgery, the skilled, caring staff in Acute Care will provide the quality attention you need, whatever your age.
Your care will be a collaborative effort of our care team. This team may include our hospitalist (board certified in Internal Medicine), registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, dietician, discharge planning, respiratory therapist, physical therapist, pharmacist, imaging, laboratory and speech therapist.
Cardio PulmonaryOur Cardio Pulmonary department offers a variety of services, including:
- Pulmonary Function Tests
- Cardiac Stress Tests (both exercise and nuclear)
- Esophageal Manometry
These tests typically require a referral from your primary care doctor or other physician. Results will be immediately forwarded to your requesting doctor for further review.
If you are admitted to Cascade Valley Hospital your necessary lab tests will be performed in our Clinical Lab. Or, if your physician or medical care provider has requested outpatient tests, you can bring the order to our convenient Arlington location to have the lab work done. We are open for outpatient blood draws from 7:30am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday. No appointment is needed, although you may have to wait during busy times and a longer than normal wait time should be expected on weekends. Do you have laboratory orders from a practitioner not located at Cascade Valley Hospital or one of our affiliated clinics? No problem. We are able to accommodate outpatient lab orders from any provider, local or otherwise. Please present your written order to our staff upon check-in. Our laboratory will work with your doctor’s office to provide efficient results.
The lab is staffed by Medical Technologists and specially trained phlebotomists.
Our services include:
- Blood banking
If your surgery does not require an over-night stay, you will be admitted to Surgical Care Unit for your preparation and recovery from surgery. Some of the procedures performed on a day-surgery basis are:
- Antibiotic infusion
- Blood transfusions, IV therapy and injections
- Ear tubes
- Epidural steroid injections
- Hernia repair
- Indwelling venous catheter care
- Vein ligation
Emergency ServicesIn life-threatening situations, local emergency services are invaluable. The Cascade Valley Hospital Emergency Department is ready to help you and your family 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We have nationally recognized Certified Emergency Nurses and Board Certified Physicians on every shift.
Designated by Washington State as a Level IV Trauma Center, Level III Stroke Center, and Level II Cardiac Center, the Cascade Valley Hospital Emergency Department must undergo a stringent survey process to maintain each designation. These distinctions assure excellence in trauma, stroke, and cardiac care, as well as a highly trained, skilled, and exemplary staff. To provide our community with optimal care we have an affiliation with Harborview Medical Center which ensures our stroke and trauma patients will receive world renowned expertise and care close to home. In addition to our designations we are proud members of the North Region EMS and Trauma Care Council and the Cardiac and Stroke Network.
Staying current in emergency care demands a fully committed staff:
- Our Emergency Department providers are board certified physicians specializing in Emergency Medicine.
- Our Emergency Department RNs maintain certification in Pediatric Emergency Nursing, Trauma Nursing, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
Specially designed facilities:
Our Emergency Department consists of 16 private treatment rooms including two trauma and resuscitation rooms. We have specialized care areas to treat pediatric and psychiatric patients.
Please remember to always bring a list of your current medications and allergies to help expedite your care.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, don’t wait! Call 911 or get to your nearest emergency room!
- Chest Pain
- Shortness of Breath/ Difficulty Breathing
- Orthopedic Injuries
- Severe Abdominal Pain
- Coughing or vomiting blood
- Severe Burns
- Deep cuts or wounds that won’t stop bleeding
- Sudden dizziness, weakness, or loss of coordination or balance
- Sudden blurred vision
- Numbness in face or extremities
- Sudden Severe Headache
- High Fevers
- Any condition you believe is life threatening.
When Minutes Matter
With Airlift Northwest stationed at the Arlington Airport, patients with the most critical needs can be on their way to the highest-level trauma center within 10 minutes and landing within 30. Our emergency physicians and nurses are highly trained in stabilizing and preparing these patients for transport.
The term ‘triage’ implies prioritization of patients based on their degree of illness or injury. All emergency patients are triaged upon arrival. Sicker patients are seen and treated more immediately than those with less urgent care needs. We are proud to report that our average time from patient arrival to treatment room is less than 10 minutes. We accomplish this by doing bedside triage for most patients.
Although every attempt is made to see patients in the order they arrive, and as quickly as possible, the care being given to critically ill or injured patients may cause delays for others. We continually strive to decrease those delays and are proud to have an enviable record of examining, treating, and releasing or admitting the majority of our patients in less than three hours.
Directions to Cascade Valley Hospital’s Emergency Department:
330 S. Stillaguamish | Arlington, WA 98223
Care for non-life threatening illnesses and injuries are available seven days a week without an appointment at Cascade Skagit Health Alliance Urgent Care www.cascadeskagithealth.org
- Urgent Care or your primary health care provider should be used for medical conditions such as:
- Cold or flu symptoms
- Earaches, sore throat, fever, or rashes
- Migraine headaches
- Back pain
- Minor eye injuries
- Fractures, sprains, or strains
- Minor burns or cuts
- Stings or bites
- After hours work-related illnesses or injuries
- Prescription refills, vaccinations, and screenings
Board certified radiologists and registered imaging technologists work together to provide you with a full range of imaging services. These services include:
- Computed Tomography (CT) Scanning
- DEXA Scans
- Digital Mammography
- Interventional Radiology
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Nuclear Medicine
Our board certified radiologists interpret images and generate a report for your physician or health care provider. Cardiac echography and cardiac stress tests are read by cardiologists with Skagit Cardiology or Western Washington Medical Group in Everett. They also work closely with surgeons and other providers in performing interventional radiology procedures.
Computed Tomography (CT) Scanning
Computed tomography provides cross-sectional images of the body. These give excellent detail of healthy or diseased organs. Common uses include ruling out appendicitis, detecting brain bleeds, diagnosing tumors, and finding aneurysms.
Our mammography department is accredited by the American College of Radiology and inspected by the Federal Drug Administration. Our caring, highly-trained staff are members of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
Mammograms are quick and easy. The technologist will gently compress your breast between two plastic plates to take x-ray images. While the compression may be uncomfortable for a few seconds, it is important in producing a clear picture.
Mammograms can find cancer too small for you or your physician or health care provider to feel. Most insurance companies allow you to have yearly mammograms, as the importance of consistent monitoring has proven effective in saving lives.
To schedule a mammogram at Cascade Valley Hospital please call 360-435-0515.
Interventional Radiology is a subspecialty of radiology in which minimally invasive procedures are performed using image guidance. Some of these procedures are done for purely diagnostic purposes. Pictures (images) are used to direct these procedures, which are usually done with needles or other tiny instruments like small tubes called catheters. The images provide road maps that allow the Interventional Radiologist to guide these instruments through the body to the areas of interest.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging uses natural magnetic properties of your body tissues. The radio waves that tissues release when they are within a strong magnetic field create pictures of the inside of your body.
An MRI procedure is totally painless, completely safe, and has no known side effects.
These images can be produced through any plane and from any angle. They can clearly show your heart, brain, spine, bone marrow, cartilage, and muscle, as well as your blood vessels and how your blood flows.
An MRI exam takes between 30 and 60 minutes. After removing all jewelry and other metal, you will lie perfectly still on a table that slides into the machine. MRI’s are painless, although you will hear the drum-like noise of the magnet. It may also take you a few minutes to get used to being in an enclosed space.
The MRI unit available at Cascade Valley Hospital is a GE Horizon 1.5T. It is able to accommodate larger patients, and designed to reduce claustrophobia. We provide music for your listening pleasure, or you can bring an MP3 player of your own.
If your physician or health care provider recommends you have an MRI, be sure to remind them if you have a pacemaker or any metallic implants, such as artificial heart valves, joint replacements, bone plates, or similar devices.
Nuclear Medicine is a medical specialty used to show the function of a body organ, as well as its anatomy. It has diagnostic capabilities as well as valuable therapeutic applications. It uses very small amounts of radioactive substances, or tracers, that are attracted to specific organs or tissues, to diagnose or treat disease.
Ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging tool that uses high frequency sound waves to produce pictures of structures within the body. The highly skilled sonographers at Cascade Valley Hospital are registered with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and work with state-of-the-art equipment to provide the best exams possible for your physician or provider.
Some exams may require simple pre-exam instructions (such as fasting overnight) depending on the area(s) of interest. To start the procedure warm gel is applied to the skin to acquire the specified images. There are no known biological effects and no radiation is produced.
We provide a range of exams to image different parts of the body including obstetric, gynecological, abdominal, soft tissue, vascular and heart ultrasounds in friendly, comfortable surroundings. We are a full service facility offering ultrasound (also called sonograms) to outpatients as well as patients admitted to the hospital and emergency rooms.
If your physician determines the need for more comprehensive care, our Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has six fully equipped private rooms. Care is provided for patients of all age groups, from infants to geriatrics, to treat a variety of conditions. With over 200 years of combined ICU experience, our registered nurses have been specially trained and certified in Critical Care.
The Hospitalist (an in-house Internal Medicine Physician) may see you on daily rounds and coordinate your care with the ICU nurses and your personal primary care provider.
For visitors, there is a private lounge immediately adjacent to the unit. Please consult with nursing staff regarding visiting hours, as they may be limited in order to provide optimal recovery for the patient.
Others on Your Care Team
- Consulting Physicians, asked to participate in your care by your physician. This could include the Hospitalist or other specialists.
- Respiratory Therapy, for prevention and treatment of respiratory problems. This includes everything from simple oxygen therapy to mechanical ventilation.
- Physical Therapy, for evaluation and treatment when mobility is a problem.
- Registered Dietician, to ensure your nutritional needs for healing are met, or to discuss special dietary restrictions do to your condition or medications.
- Discharge Planning, to help you find alternate living arrangements. They will also make sure necessary equipment is available for you at home after you are discharged.
- Imaging and Laboratory as ordered by your physician.
The Cascade Valley Hospital Surgical Department includes three operating suites, a six-bed post-anesthesia recovery area, and support services. The surgical team includes surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, registered nurses, and surgery technologists, who will coordinate your care throughout your stay at Cascade Valley Hospital. Most major and minor surgeries are performed, including hip and knee replacement, arthroscopic shoulder surgery, laparoscopic colon resections, gynecological, podiatry, vascular services, and ear, nose and throat procedures. We do not offer cardiac surgery or neurosurgery.
We want to make your stay at Cascade Valley Hospital comfortable and stress-free, and are happy to provide you and your visitors with additional services and features to help make that possible. We offer books and DVD’s for our patients and families, as well as several areas and self-guided activities for your visitors to enjoy, including our Roof Garden, the Reflection Room, art tours and nearby walking trails. We also maintain a directory of on-call Chaplains that we are able to contact at your request. Our Cafe is open 7am-7pm for easy, affordable dining. There is also a Gift Shop and espresso stand located in the first floor lobby.
The Pain Clinic offers services every Wednesday, including steroid injections for necks, backs and joints, and intercostal blocks for nerve pain in the trunk and abdomen. Each service takes approximately two hours, and we recommend you wear comfortable clothing. A light breakfast is allowed, but liquids only after 9:00am. As your comfort is our priority, you are welcome to discuss sedation options with your doctor. Please be advised that you will require a ride home if you choose to be sedated. Usual medications are fine to take prior to your procedure unless otherwise advised.
Our patients tell us that this is the most comfortable and relaxed procedure of this kind that they have ever experienced. Let our caring staff and advanced treatments try to help you experience a life with less pain. Please call 360-618-7705 for more information.
Cascade Valley Surgery Center
An alternative choice to the standard hospital environment is available to you at Cascade Valley Arlington Surgery Center.
The caring, professional staff ensures that you benefit from the latest advances in techniques. Often the cost of procedures performed in this setting is substantially less than if performed in a conventional hospital setting.
All physicians affiliated with Cascade Valley Hospital & Clinics have access to the Surgery Center. Some of the procedures routinely performed include:
- Ear tubes
- Epidural steroid injections
- Gynecologic Procedures
- Orthopaedic Procedures
- Podiatric Procedures