Phase One of Trinity Emergency Room Addition Complete
After several years of planning and exploring best practices for an emergency room, UnityPoint Health - Trinity Regional Medical Center is proud to announce the first phase of our Emergency Room project is complete. This phase consists of a 9,500 square foot addition to the medical center which will officially open for patient care on April 14, 2016.
“We are very excited to have completed this phase of the project and to be able to begin providing care in a brand new area,” states Mike Dewerff, President and CEO of UnityPoint Health – Fort Dodge. “There has been much thought and planning into every patient care space. Our overall goal with the project is to be able to provide the best care and patient experience with efficient staff workflow, as well as provide state-of-the-art emergency care for our community.”
Phase I of the project included tearing down the former ambulance garage to make space for the addition. A few highlights about the new ER addition include three ambulance bays, two large trauma rooms, a climate controlled Hazmat/Decontamination shower room, two triage rooms, a large nurse and doctor station as well as consult room, security office, family room and most importantly, seven private patient rooms.“Being able to provide patient care in a private room is so important for our patients and families,” shares Daphne Willwerth, Manager of Emergency Services. “No longer will patients have to share a room or be in a curtained area, but they will have their own room. Another thing our nursing staff is very excited about are the work stations right outside of the patient rooms, so they are never far away if a patient needs them and are able to monitor them very closely.”
The second phase of the ER project will include a complete remodel of the existing ER space, as well as adding a patient waiting area for Radiology and Outpatient Services. When the project is complete, the new ER will be more than doubled in space and with a total of 15 patient rooms. A few of these rooms however, have been design for specific patient care such as two behavioral health rooms, isolation care rooms, an ENT patient room and a room specially designed for sexual assault patients. The second phase of the project is expected to be completed in late fall of 2016.
Learn more about the new Emergency Room project.
Photo: On April 7, UnityPoint Health - Trinity Regional Medical Center held a Open House and ribbon cutting with the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance to celebrate the completion of the first phase the new Emergency Room project.