Clinical Decision Unit



Dr. Frantz Gibbs, attending physician at the Anderson Emergency Center of Rhode Island Hospital rounding on patients in the Clinical Decision Unit.







Dina Himelfarb, MD:  Lead Physician for Emergency Observation Services






Edmond Godbout, PA: Clinical Decision Unit Coordinator




The Rhode Island Hospital Clinical Decision Unit is an observation unit for the work up and management patients with a variety of clinical issues from Asthma to Transient Ischemic Attacks.  The mission of the Clinical Decision Unit is to provide excellent, evidence-based care to observation patients in a manner that increases patient safety, improves health care system efficiency, and maximizes patient satisfaction. 

This 7-bed unit lies within the emergency department and functions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  It is staffed by emergency physicians, nurses, advanced practice providers with appropriate consultative services available depending on patient needs.

Our two most established and successful protocols are for patients who require further evaluation for their Chest Pain or after they have experienced a Transient Ischemic Attack. These patients receive care that has been demonstrated to reduce patient’s risk by performing complex work ups expeditiously under the supervision of expert Emergency Physicians and Advanced Practice Providers in conjunction with our Cardiology and Neurology consultants.