On Monday, March 8, Dickinson County Healthcare (DCH) leaders, members of the Hospital Board of Trustees, Dickinson County Commissioners, representatives from Miron Construction Company, and architects from Groth Design Group celebrated the kick-off of a comprehensive project to transform the hospital’s Emergency Department into a state-of-the-art patient care environment. The project’s goal is to provide medical staff with an environment that makes emergency medical care more comfortable, safe, and efficient with increased privacy for patients and their families.
Leaders at DCH have been working diligently to put into motion plans for the revitalized Emergency Department. Over the past two years, DCH has added many quality providers and expanded key services. During this period of positive growth, hospital administration also conducted community surveys and solicited staff input to help understand the most important projects to work on next. The Emergency Department was identified as a key area for enhancement.
“Making our Emergency Department more comfortable and efficient for everyone is what our community deserves,” says Chuck Nelson, CEO of Dickinson County Healthcare System. “We are giving every resident and guest to our region the confidence of knowing the right care is always close to home when it’s needed most. As the most vital health care provider in the community, it’s our responsibility to continue bringing higher levels of care to all,” Nelson added.
The facility’s transformation will include a complete renovation of over 10,000 sq. ft. of patient care area, including private care rooms with breakaway glass, negative pressure treatment rooms, a respiratory care suite and two triage rooms to address the most urgent care needs. For patients, family, and friends, a warm and comfortable waiting area is included. The new facility design and technologies will help medical staff better care for every patient, regardless of their condition.
The DCH Emergency Medical Team brings critical life-saving emergency care to people of all ages, 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Supported by advanced technology, the highly skilled team diagnoses and treats the most common emergency medical needs including heart attack, stroke, accident injury and trauma, internal pains and discomfort, dizziness and disorientation, nausea, headache, upper respiratory, and muscle strains.
Patients who receive emergency treatment at DCH can be immediately connected to specialty services in heart care, general surgery, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, internal medicine, and other services, all available locally. In extreme emergencies, the center can also expedite patient transfers to more advanced levels of life-saving care outside of the area.
According to Dr. Eric Johnson, DCH’s highly skilled medical staff is excited about the new facility because it will help them provide care at an even higher level. “DCH has prioritized excellent care by becoming one of the few facilities in the region staffed exclusively with board-certified emergency physicians as well as highly skilled nurse practitioners, nurses, medics, and support staff.” He continues, “Our entire team knows the environment is aging. We are upgrading most of the space and prioritizing patient privacy and safety. We are thrilled to offer both first-class care—and coming soon—a first-class facility.”
While the new Emergency Department is under construction, the hospital assures the community that 24/7/365 life-saving emergency care will continue without interruption. In the coming weeks, the community will be informed through local media, social media, and the hospital website of any changes to patient access points.