New Emergency Department Fact Sheet
Improved environment means enhanced patient experience
New construction of the expanded and enhanced Day Kimball Hospital Emergency Department (ED) will provide two important benefits that will result from the rebuilding of the emergency department: increased space and modernization. This will be accomplished through the following:
- Construction of a new entrance and covered canopy to provide a comfortable, spacious and functional area for families to drop off their loved ones to receive care.
- Renovation of the waiting room to provide a safe, comfortable and calm environment for patients awaiting ED care.
- Registration at patient’s bedside to accelerate care and make the ED process more efficient.
- Doubling the number of patient rooms to accommodate increasing volume and to enhance safety, efficiency and patient privacy.
- Establishment of all-private treatment rooms, which is considered perhaps the most significant improvement. These spacious rooms will offer privacy, confidentiality and dignity for individuals, plus will reduce the noise level and shield patients from the rapid-paced environment inherent to a busy ED.
- Purchase of additional cardiac monitoring equipment so that each patient room has this critical monitoring equipment.
- Construction of a state-of-the-art resuscitation room, which is where the most critically ill ED patients receive priority care for immediate stabilization and treatment.
- Purchase of specialty equipment, including special beds and bariatric equipment, to meet the wide range of needs and physical challenges of patients.
- Construction of dedicated and discreet behavioral health treatment rooms, which also will be equipped to serve ED patients when not being used for Behavioral Health Services emergencies.
- Improvement to the existing “Prompt Care” suite, which enables quicker access to treatment for patients with minor injuries and illnesses.
- Construction of a family room designed to provide a private, comfortable area for families of critically-ill patients.
- Establishment of staff-support areas consisting of workstations and equipment storage space to reduce congestion.
- Construction of a separate, covered ambulance entrance that will be equipped to easily convert to a hazardous decontamination zone or to receive mass casualties.
- Phase One of construction opens to patient care on April 23, 2014. It includes the new ambulance entrance, one of two nurses stations, the resuscitation room (2 beds) and 8 private patient rooms.
- Project complete date is targeted for the summer of 2015. Areas will slowly be available for patient services over that time period.
- The entire project is 23,066 square feet with two floor addition (ground floor 6,474 square feet; main floor 5,468) and renovation of current space (administrative office 2,757 square feet, emergency department patient services department 8.367 square feet)