JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (Oct. 2, 2017) – Clark Memorial Hospital has kicked off a $5.7 million renovation of its Emergency Room (ER). The project, which began today, will enhance access for patients and improve emergency care for residents across Southern Indiana for years to come.
This venture, headed by Orange Construction & Restoration, is expected to take 18-24 months.
“Our Emergency Room is our hospital’s front door, and the number of people who come through those doors is increasing exponentially each year,” said Ruth Schmidt, COO at Clark Memorial Hospital. “We are so excited to have this opportunity to rebuild our ER into a first-class facility that is better suited to meet the growing needs of our community and will help our incredible emergency medicine team provide an even higher level of care to those we serve.”
Renovations will include a complete overhaul of the current layout of the ER that will allow for a “fast track” concept, which will increase patient flow and reduce wait times. Triage and treatment areas will be redesigned to increase privacy for all patients. Once completed, the new ER will have a centrally located clinical workstation, making it faster and easier for clinicians to move through the space and provide a clear view of all patient areas at all times.
The project will also include a new patient monitoring system, a new nurse call system, and a new HVAC unit. The waiting area and ambulance bay will both be relocated to make it easier to transport patients in and out of the ER and improve access for patients and staff. Finally, the entire space will receive cosmetic upgrades.
“This is something we have needed for many years,” said Carrie Dodson, Emergency Department Director. “We are so excited to get this project underway and know that our community will benefit immensely from this new space.”
The renovations will be completed in phases and will not cause any interruption in emergency care for the community. The project is supported by LifePoint Health, operating partner of the Regional Health Network, of which Clark Memorial Health is a part.