So we've talked a bit about the Long Term Care and the courtyard. I'd like to take a quick look at what's happening in the front of the building, namely the Acute/ED/Imaging area.
These departments will see quite the difference in layout compared the the current building. Looking at the right of the above floorplan, you will see Imaging in purple (which my son informed me is actually lavender). Opposed to the straight shot of connected rooms that patients are served in now, the department will actually boast of a dedicated hallway. Multiple restrooms/changing areas will be offered, along with indoor CT scans. That's right, no more getting wheeled outside and up a lift. If you'll be in the market for a CT trailer in a couple years, SEARHC may have one for sale at that point.
In the left of the image, in blue, is the Acute Care wing. Many have questioned this layout, as it offers only four acute rooms. WMC currently offers eight. There's a reason for this, as I've touched upon in previous posts. Data has shown that over the course of the year (about 95% of the time) WMC does not serve more than four acute patients at one time. In fact, the average per day is 2.2 acute patients, with 3.7 patients per day seen during surge times. In short, rarely do we need more than four rooms. But for handful of times we do need five or more beds, these rooms will flex to serve two-per-room, or eight total patients. SEARHC has mentioned potential expansion of the acute wing in the future, and Wold Architects have designed the wing for easy expansion when needed.
That brings us to Emergency. What we're working with at the current facility can get cramped at times. Wold has made the efforts to include not only all ED staff in design discussions for this area, but our local EMTs as well.
In addition to the two-bed Trauma room, the wing has a separate procedure room and a handful of those handy flex rooms. They can flex for additional trauma usage, observation, infusion, wound care, whatever we need.
At the bottom of the above image, you'll see the EMT/Flex. No longer will our EMT's be forced to gather in the halls, as they'll have a dedicated space to better serve our patients. That space will also double for viewing. It was agreed that the current viewing/morgue experience could really be improved upon. SEARHC and Wold is going to offer a more pleasant area for families to have that important time, which will also make our volunteer EMT's lives quite a bit easier.
Below is a bulleted list of Acute/ED/Imaging highlights from the design update. Again, if you want to take a look at the latest design update presentation, you can download it here. Thanks for reading.