HSHS St. Francis Hospital has begun construction on a new emergency department in the hospital which will open in early 2020.
“Our emergency department treated more than 11,000 patients last fiscal year. It is a vital part of the hospital services offered at HSHS St. Francis Hospital. This emergency department is an original part of the hospital which opened in 1971,” said Jim Timpe, president and CEO of the hospital. “Improvements have been made in the past several years to the ambulance garages and the emergency patient registration and waiting areas, but space restrictions did not allow for enlarging trauma or patient rooms. After several hospital construction projects the past few years, which included opening a new surgery center and bringing a new MRI in-house, we now have space formerly used for these areas that are available for this important project.”
Features of the new 8,500 square foot emergency department will include:
- Seven spacious 12 ft. x 15 ft. patient exam rooms.
- Two large trauma rooms, 15 ft. x 16 ft. and 15 ft. x 24 ft.
- A 12 ft. x 24 ft. modern nurses’ station conveniently located in the center of all treatment rooms allowing for easy access and visibility for staff.
Timpe explained there will be three construction phases of the project. The first phase includes demolition of walls, flooring and ceilings and will take approximately 5-6 months.
“The second and third phases will include temporary occupancies submitted to the Illinois Department of Public Health. It is estimated that it will take around 10 months to complete the project. During construction, patients needing emergency services should continue to park and register in the present ER location,” Timpe said.
“We are very excited to be able to expand our emergency department. This service is a very important part of the mission of St. Francis Hospital. Having our emergency department available 24 hours a day, seven days a week is so important for the communities we serve. We see thousands of patients each year with a wide variety of illnesses and injuries,” Timpe said. “The new design will be so much larger than our present ER and it will provide a nicer flow of care for our patients and families. I also want to recognize our emergency department colleagues and physicians. They have been very involved in this project. Their expertise and knowledge of the specific care needs of our patients and their families have been vital in the final designs of the new area. We are all looking forward to opening our new emergency department next year.”