The Green Mountain Care Board recently approved an amended Certificate of Need for an expansion and renovation of the Emergency Department (ED) at Rutland Regional Medical Center. The project will begin in February and is expected to take up to 18 months and will include 1,840 square-feet of new construction and partial renovations of the current 13,657 square-feet area. The Emergency Department will remain open during the entire project.
The number of emergency treatment rooms, currently 19, will be increased to 26 with the new addition designed for five behavioral health treatment rooms and two isolation rooms that can be converted to behavioral health rooms. In addition, the lobby area will be secured for the safety of patients, visitors and staff by creating a controlled access to public waiting areas. A new security office will be added along with enhanced security measures. Total estimated project costs are just over $6 million.
The renovation project will combine the Fast Track side of the ED with the higher acuity side, resulting in improved workflow and more efficient use of space. An additional corridor will be added for access by ancillary services and for ease of movement. The new corridor will feature a nursing station and staff support area.
A main component of the project is the construction of the behavioral health treatment area. The addition will feature improved safety and security measures for both behavioral health patients and other emergency room patients and visitors. Behavioral health treatment rooms will be private with windows, providing much needed natural light for patients with extended stays.
“We’re extremely excited about what this expansion will provide for our community,” said Tom Huebner, CEO and President of Rutland Regional Medical Center. “In addition to increasing the overall ED space and number of treatment rooms to accommodate today’s patients and caregiver needs, the project is designed with the goal of enhancing efficient flow and delivery of care for our patients and their loved ones.”
Designed with input from the hospital’s ED staff, the focus was on maximum efficiency – improving privacy, patient transportation, work flow and collaboration among care team members.
“We are committed to ensuring our community has an Emergency Department able to provide the very best care to each and every patient at any time of day or night,” says Todd Gregory, MD, Medical Director of Emergency Services. “A great deal of consideration and planning has gone into the design to support best care, improve efficiency and ensure an enhanced patient experience. Once complete, our new ED will help us to continue to provide top quality emergency medicine in an environment that will better promote the delivery of compassionate care.”
“Renovating space that is in use 24 hours a day will present a challenge to our staff and patients in the ED,” said Mary Nemeth, VP of Support Services. “However, we are confident that the staff and contractors will work together to see that the patients are served well during the process. The finished product will improve patient flow, lead to improved privacy, and allow our caregivers to continue to provide quality medical care.”
About the Emergency Department at Rutland Regional
The Emergency Department (ED) at Rutland Regional Medical Center provides care to patients with urgent medical conditions ranging from complex problems such as heart attacks and strokes to simple, but pressing conditions such as cuts and broken bones. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Rutland Regional’s expert team of board-certified emergency physicians and specially trained emergency nurses provide comprehensive, compassionate, high-quality urgent medical care to more than 33,800 patients of all ages.
Patients who arrive by ambulance immediately enter the unit through a special entrance. Those brought in by loved ones or who arrive on their own are evaluated by an experienced triage nurse whose primarily responsibility is to manage the flow of care, ensuring that those with serious conditions receive immediate treatment. To alleviate wait times for patients with less acute illnesses or injuries, the Fast Track treatment area delivers care quickly and effectively.
When sophisticated Laboratory and Diagnostic Imaging services like CT scan and MRI are needed, the process is seamless. For patients that need to be admitted, bedside registration makes the transition smooth and as comfortable as possible. For those who have experienced a severe trauma or need complex emergency surgery, Rutland Regional provides skilled urgent care to stabilize the patient’s condition before assisting with transfer to the appropriate facility.
About Rutland Regional Medical Center
Established in 1896, Rutland Regional is the second largest healthcare facility in Vermont. With a strong patient focus, consistent quality performance, nursing excellence, and award-winning care, Rutland Regional remains dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals throughout Rutland County.
Recently recognized in US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals to receive common care, Rutland Regional was the first hospital in Vermont to receive both the Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence and Magnet Recognition® for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovation. Rutland Regional has also been recognized by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer in Key Quality Measures, honored with an “A” grade by The Leapfrog Group in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score and was named by Healthgrades among the top 10% in the Nation for Outstanding Patient Experience and Patient Safety, and is the recipient of the Healthgrades 2015 Outstanding Patient Experience Award and a 3-year recipient of the Patient Safety Excellence Award.