Augusta, GA– Georgia’s Department of Community Health gives the okay to University Hospital to expand its Emergency Department. The Certificate of Need will allow the hospital to undergo a $30 million expansion and renovation project so it can keep up with the increasing number of patients served.
Currently, the hospital’s Emergency Department is outfitted to serve around 50,000 patients a year. Year-end projections for 2016, however, will see around 85,000 patients served inside University’s emergency department.
The 3 year expansion project will outfit the emergency department with 78 treatment spaces. The “pod-like” design will allow for nurses stations to be surrounded by 12 all-inclusive patient rooms which will allow for increased work-flow opportunities for nurses and doctors.
The Emergency Department expansion will include other features which are listed below:
- An isolation room with anteroom
- Designated medication area
- Two bariatric rooms
- One Sexual Assault Nursing Examination room
- Psychiatric area
- Two seclusion rooms
- A designated decontamination shower area
- EMS room with its own equipment room
- Larger ED lobby with more, smaller conversation groups and highlighted with expansive windows
- Café/Vending areas with space for five vending machines, tables and chairs
- Device charging stations in lobby area
- Formal security post
- Triage area set up to perform Rapid Treatment and Assessments