Emergency Department expansion
CMC’s Emergency Department treats more than 35,000 patients each year, an increase of 25% since the space was designed in 2004. With the rise in urgent care centers, emergency departments are also seeing more acute patients than they were 15 years ago. The additional challenges in behavioral health and the opioid crisis mean that the ED is often full, leading to long wait times for treatment and patients who have to wait in the hallways.
Despite its current spatial challenges, the Emergency Department is led by a highly skilled, emergency care team currently providing round the clock care. The CMC ED is a Level III Adult Trauma Center and Level IV Pediatric Trauma Center. The team is also integral to CMC being certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association. The acuity of cardiac, stroke, ill and injured patients entering the emergency department is far greater today requiring more equipment and space than originally planned.
The Emergency Department renovation and expansion will improve access and departmental flow to address the increased volume. The plan is to add a dozen treatment rooms: two for trauma, four for resuscitation and six general treatment rooms. The investment will allow for more efficient evaluation and treatment and provide a better overall care experience, especially for our geriatric, pediatric and behavioral health patients.
Key benefits of an expanded Emergency Department include:
- Decreased risk of infection
- Improved door to doctor time
- Increased nursing presence for patients
- Larger rooms to accommodate families, clinicians and equipment