United Regional Undergoing Renovations

The United Regional Hospital has received approval to begin an expansion/renovation to the Emergency Department, to remain at the corner of Brook and Tenth Street.

The Emergency Department will be expanded in a two-phase project including new construction as well as renovation of the existing space. The current space is 20,779 sq. ft. The completed project will produce a square footage of 57,183 and will house two trauma rooms, 43 universal treatment rooms, eight patient evaluation rooms, six rapid treatment rooms and two consultation rooms, in addition to a 10-bed clinical decision unit, disaster preparedness areas, expanded ambulance bays, and a new walkway from the Emergency Department entrance to the Bethania Building.

Renovating and expanding the Emergency Department will further improve the quality of care and safety for patients by providing more treatment areas for several levels of care and allowing medical personnel the necessary space to more efficiently care for patients. The new treatment rooms will provide enhanced patient privacy and comfort, including individual temperature controls and additional seating for family members. In addition, expanding the Emergency Department will help reduce wait times, improving service to patients and families. The project will improve overall satisfaction for patients, physicians, employees and visitors.

The total cost will be in the area of $27 million. Commitments thus far include: a naming level commitment from the J.S. Bridwell Foundation, lead gifts from the Fain Foundation and the Bryant Edwards Foundation, a generous commitment from the United Regional Auxiliary, and the full support of the United Regional and United Regional Foundation Boards of Directors.

Construction should begin by the end of 2014. The projected completion date is scheduled for the end of 2016.