Kent Hospital’s emergency department is the second busiest in the state with 70,000 patient visits a year.
Opened in 1951 with only 90 beds, Kent Hospital grew from a suburban hospital to a regional medical hub serving one third of the state. Kent now has 359 beds and provides a full compliment of medical and surgical services including cardiology, rehabilitation, extended coronary care, obstetrics, infectious disease, oncology and orthopedics.
Kent has also been named one of the Top 100 Hospitals in America by the independent Solucient Institute on the basis of clinical quality, operational efficiency and financial sustainability. Kent’s emergency room includes a covered ambulance portico with a separate entrance for the ambulatory patient, a separate pediatric emergency room and a state-of-the-art decontamination unit. The hospital is in the geographic center of Rhode Island, just minutes from the state’s principal airport, at the junction of two major interstates, and close to industrial areas, so administrators make sure its facilities are equipped for natural or man-made disasters.
Besides general medical care, Kent Hospital offers several other specialized medical services including wound care and treatment. Staffed by board-certified specialists, the Wound Recovery Center offers advanced treatment of chronic, non-healing wounds from injury, diabetes, surgery and radiation. The center has the region’s largest hyperbaric chambers, which use oxygen under pressure to treat hard-to-heal wounds.