Adena Health System leaders, staff, community, state and federal representatives were on hand for a ceremony and ribbon cutting, celebrating the official opening of Adena Regional Medical Center’s (ARMC) newly-constructed Emergency Department.
The new Emergency Department features three times more clinical space than the former facility, which opened in 1974. The year the hospital was built. The new, state-of-the-art addition includes 59,000 square feet of space, compared to the former 16,500 square-foot Emergency Department.
“We heard you when you said ‘fix the ER,’” said Adena President and CEO Jeff Graham. “We have made a significant investment to give you – our family, friends and neighbors – a state-of-the-art Emergency Department that includes features never before seen in our community.” Graham added, “Not only is the building new and more appealing; for the past year, our teams have been working to develop our processes to get patients with a provider sooner and taken care of in the most efficient and effective way possible.”
Adena’s new Emergency Department includes more than double the previous number of patient care areas, increasing from 31 to 63. It is the only ED in the region to include patient care rooms specifically designed to care for behavioral access patients, as well as those who have been victims of abuse. The facility includes dedicated trauma bays that are expandable to treat individuals, or to accommodate families when one or more member is being treated for traumatic injuries.
This project represents the first phase of a more than $36 million investment in Adena’s commitment to regional emergency care for the community. Phase II of the multi-phased project involves renovating the hospital’s West Entrance Area, and renovating the old Emergency Department space to include: a centralized registration area; a dine-in café; construction of 16 additional patient rooms; and updated waiting areas. Phase II construction is scheduled to begin in mid-August, with completion set for late 2019.
Over the next two weeks, medical supplies and equipment will be added to the new Emergency Department. During this time, staff will also be training to learn the flow of the unit and where supplies will be located, to ensure a smooth transition. The new ARMC Emergency Department is scheduled to open for patient care on Sunday, Aug. 12.
The Adena Health Foundation is continuing its capital campaign to raise funding for the entire project. Information is available at givetogrowth.adena.org.