PHASE I OF EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT OPENS JULY 10

JULY 9, 2012
Walls are up, floors are finished, equipment is in place. Phase I of the newly constructed Bozeman Deaconess Emergency Department is ready to receive patients in 19 state-of-the-art examination rooms, most of which are dedicated to specific medical needs.

“With the new Emergency Department, we can deliver better care through increased efficiency,” said Angela Jennings, Emergency Department manager. “We spend a lot of time moving people because we only have three high acuity rooms now.”

Along with two cardiac rooms directly across from the nurse’s stations, there are two trauma rooms both of which are equipped to handle the most acutely injured, three orthopedic rooms, two OB/GYN rooms with bathrooms, one general treatment room connected to a new decontamination shower, an isolation room with a new negative-pressure system, a room reserved for ear, nose and throat cases, two secure rooms for at-risk patients and five general exam rooms.

There also are eight spots in the halls with full hookups to treat patients in the case of a major disaster, along with alcoves for digital imaging equipment, crash and suture carts, a nutrition area and a wheelchair/stretcher park. Other rooms are designated for staff, consultations, families, phlebotomy, oxygen storage, clean and soiled utility, offices and a medication room.

The new Emergency Department uses an advanced nurse call system that will be installed hospital-wide and a pneumatic tube system to the main Laboratory that “saves a lot of leg work,” Jennings said. Not only does every examination room have a computer, each also is larger to accommodate stretchers, family members and equipment.

Designed by CTA Architects and Engineers and built by Martel Construction, the facility reflects Bozeman Deaconess Health Services’ commitment to going green, said John Sommer, the senior project superintendent. “We recycled as much construction waste as we could,” Sommer said. “We chose high-efficiency motors on pumps and fans, installed high-efficiency, low-wattage lights, and put in lots of effort to use products that are easy to clean and durable, like the anti-microbial flooring and wall covering.”

Before construction began, Martel built mock-ups of various rooms, where staff were able to bring in a stretcher and move equipment around. “That was hugely helpful in getting staff input and ownership “That was huge,” added Jennings. “Front line staff were able to have input in how the room would be laid out.”

While the new space will be operational as of July 10, the construction workers won’t be retiring their hammers yet. Phase II, expected to be completed in January 2013, will include a complete renovation of the current 10-bed Emergency Room into a new triage area with seven updated examination rooms, for a total of 26, and the balance of the space will be converted into reception, waiting, admissions and children’s play areas.

In all, the completed project, including fixtures, furniture and equipment, is expected to cost $15 million, with nearly $9 million donated by community members through the Bozeman Deaconess Foundation. The new facility will be able to accommodate 38,000 patients annually anticipated at the Emergency Department by 2020.
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