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July / August 2011

New and Improved ED Opens in August

Northwest Community Hospital will open its new Emergency Room (ER) on August 17, which marks the completion of a multi-year renovation and expansion project that began in 2007. Two years into the project, the ED reached a milestone by expanding into the first floor of the new South Pavilion. Now complete, the new ED helps NCH to better meet patients' healthcare needs and accommodate the many advances in emergency care.

"The final phase included the reconstruction of the Emergency Room waiting area, the triage area and the front service department, making it more accessible, spacious and comfortable for our patients and their families," says Barb Weintraub, RN, NP, director, Adult & Pediatric Emergency and Trauma Services. "We now have twice as much emergency treatment capacity as before, along with private treatment rooms."

The completed Emergency Room (adult and pediatric) has a total of 56 beds all equipped to treat a full range of emergency injuries and illnesses. Privacy and safety is achieved as treatment room curtains have been replaced with walls and doors. The adult Emergency Room is made up of eight triage/treatment bays and 37 treatment rooms – some are specially designed for trauma, critical care, isolation and behavioral health patient needs.

The Pediatric ER, which opened in May 2010, has three child-friendly triage rooms and eight pediatric treatment rooms separated from the adult Emergency Room. It's staffed by Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago pediatric emergency specialists who bring world-class care to the youngest members of our community.

Medical staff members are invited to tour the new space in the adult Emergency Room before it opens. Tours will be held on Friday, August 12, from 6 – 9 am, 11 am – 1 pm, and 3 – 6 pm.

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