Emergency Department renovation now complete
On January 15, Westfields Hospital & Clinic will open the last phase of its renovated Emergency Department (ED). The remodeled ED area includes all new trauma bays, a family consult room, a dedicated ambulance entrance and new ambulance garage. Last August, the Emergency Department’s new walk-in entrance, reception area, and triage and treatment rooms opened to patients.
The new ED is four times larger than the previous ED space and features improvements in safety, patient and family privacy, staff workflows and technology. The ED remodel is part of a larger, multi-phase Westfields campus renovation project that began in July 2016. Since that time, new cardiopulmonary and rehabilitation spaces were built – which allowed for the expansion of the ED in the adjacent space –and the Surgery Center was expanded to provide a better patient experience and to accommodate increased volumes of outpatient surgeries. Steve Massey, Westfields Hospital & Clinic President and CEO, said “The investment in our campus was necessary to address the growth in patient volumes and better prepare for the future needs of the community.” He noted that the campus renovation project was made possible due to the hospital and clinic’s conservative approach to past investments and planned savings for facility improvements. “The generous donations from the hospital’s foundation made the new ambulance garage possible as well as our ability to enhance services for mental health care and healing arts.”
Massey said the construction project will wrap up next spring with upgrades to main corridors. “I want to thank the public for their patience during this extensive project. I’m also very proud of the work of our staff to create a positive environment for our patients and families through the duration of construction.”
Westfields Hospital & Clinic is a Level 4, trauma certified Emergency Department, staffed with emergency medicine doctors – many who are from Regions Hospital in St. Paul and are board certified in emergency medicine or have special training in the specialty. Westfields provides standardized stroke readiness care and has a depth of resources to support cardiac care, trauma and mental health assessments through HealthPartners.