A New ER Experience is Here!

Memorial Hospital's main Emergency Room has recently undergone a $23 million renovation and expansion project. With 120,000 ER visits a year, Memorial Hospital is considered one of the busiest emergency departments in the city. The renovation project, which kicked off in early 2017, was designed to improve flow streamline care and treat patients more timely and efficiently.

The renovated emergency department features a new fa├žade and entrance, larger waiting areas, an improved design and new technology to enable caregivers to diagnose and treat patients more effectively and efficiently.

Until now, ExpressCare and ExpressKids, the fast-track areas of the emergency department, were located across the ER parking lot. With the new improved layout, all ER services are now united under one roof to streamline care for patients and staff.

The pediatric ER, which features a separate entrance and waiting room and pediatric-friendly examination rooms, is staffed by pediatric-emergency trained physicians and nurses. The pediatric ER staff is now able to treat more serious pediatric emergencies and illnesses including heart conditions and respiratory infections. The pediatric rooms are about 40% larger than the former pediatric ER rooms to accommodate specialized equipment, such as pediatric cardiac monitors and ventilators.

The renovations include an additional 23,000 square feet of additional space, which now connects to the existing ER space. By adding everything under one roof, physicians and care teams have more of a direct connection to other critical departments within the hospital. Other features include dedicated behavioral health rooms and trauma resuscitation rooms. The expansion also includes the addition of a rooftop helipad along with a dedicated elevator with direct access for medical air transport.

Crews have now entered the final phase of the project which includes creating additional parking, adding a dedicated CT scanner to the emergency department, extending the EMS entrance and renovating some of the existing treatment rooms. The final phase is expected to be completed in early 2019.