The existing Emergency Department at St. Josephs was built in 1960 as part of the original hospital. Since then, emergency rooms across the nation have turned into the center of hospital functions by becoming a major front door to hospital services. About 75% of St. Josephs admissions, 23,000 patients per year, enter through the Emergency Department. In 2002, St. Josephs launched Project Renaissance, an examination of every facet of the Hospitals emergency care. The modernization of the Emergency Department was targeted as the most important step in the complete revitalization of the Hospital.
The Catholic Health System collaborated with a nationally-recognized health care planning consultant and Kideney Architects in their efforts to develop one of leading Emergency Departments in the country, both operationally and physically. St. Josephs goal was to reduce wait times, improve service, increase comfort and attract patients from outside its immediate community.
The Emergency Department has been designed to provide a soothing environment for patients, staff and visitors. Organic materials, a relaxing water feature, soft colors and comfortable furnishings in the lobby work to calm worried families. Clerestory windows positioned over staff workstations reduce reliance on fluorescent lighting.
Features Include: 8 private treatment rooms 2 isolation rooms 2 orthopedic rooms 1 ENT room A sexual assault nursing examination room with a private toilet and shower 2 resuscitation rooms Open and flexible nurses stations Mobile equipment and furnishings for easy reconfiguration of the space Separate entrances for patients and ambulances Wireless Electronic Medical Records System and wireless electronic bedside registration for completely paperless operation 2 Family consultation rooms An administrative wing
Construction encompassed a 10-month period and was complete on time and within budget. A formal dedication took place on April 8, 2005, and the state-of-the-art facility garnered much praise from the community. The 17,000 SF new Emergency Department can accommodate up to 45,000 patients per year and will serve the Hospital well into the future as its new front door to the communities that St. Joseph serves.
Photos by James Cavanaugh.