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New Clinical Decision Unit Opens at Allegheny General Hospital

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

PITTSBURGH – A new, specialized unit will open today at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), part of Allegheny Health Network (AHN), for patients who have an acute clinical condition and require further observation.

The clinical decision unit (CDU) is a 20-bed, all-private room unit staffed by specially trained hospitalists, midlevel providers and registered nurses. Patients in the unit undergo rapid evaluation and are either discharged home or remain at AGH for further treatment appropriate for their condition. The unit was designed to facilitate efficient and specialized patient care.  

“This beautiful new facility will help to further ensure that our patients receive, in a timely manner, the most appropriate care plans which may shorten their course of treatment and ultimately return them to their normal activities as soon as possible. Additionally, we anticipate the unit will alleviate the backlog of patients waiting to be seen in our busy emergency department,” said Imran Qadeer, MD, medical director of the unit and Chief Medical Officer, AGH.

Patients may be admitted to the CDU for a wide range of conditions and symptoms including, but not limited to, acute chest pain, back pain, stroke, and head injury.

As AHN’s flagship quaternary medical center, AGH is one of the region’s leading trauma centers. Each year, its emergency department treats a high volume of patients who are critically ill.    

“The unit we are opening today is just the latest example of the commitment AHN and Highmark Health have made to helping providers respond to the challenges we face in the changing health care delivery system,” said Jeffrey Cohen, MD, AGH President. “Emergency departments, AGH’s in specific, are busy places that require innovation to allow us to deliver the best care the first time and in an efficient manner to all of the patients who seek our help. Our CDU was designed by caregivers to meet that challenge.”