Improving Emergency Care Needs: Emergency Department and Walk in Clinic - Blessing and Groundbreaking
July 28, 2009
To meet the increasing needs of emergency patient care across the region, today St. Vincent Healthcare announced the construction of a new Walk in Clinic and an Emergency Department Expansion. St. Vincent employees, physicians and community members said a blessing and then broke ground just west of the St. Vincent Healthcare Emergency Department entrance at 10:30am.
St. Vincent has seen significant and steady patient growth in its Emergency Department over the last several years. A trend that is expected to continue as the nation's healthcare structure changes into the future. These projects will help maintain and even improve the quality care St. Vincent patients and families have come to expect. Unique design elements will also support a family-friendly atmosphere.
The future 7000 square foot Walk in Clinic will include eleven new patient rooms and will be built adjacent to the Emergency Department, replacing a small parking lot. Because of the hospital’s commitment to emergency preparedness, this new clinic is designed to also serve as an isolation unit during any emergency event. Once the new Walk in Clinic project is complete, the St. Vincent Healthcare Emergency Department will nearly double in size from 14 to 23 beds. This expansion will create more effective space for medical personnel to care for patients and families and will ultimately reduce waiting times in both urgent care areas.
To ensure patients are directed to appropriate care, the triage/reception area will remain centralized between the Emergency Department and Walk in Clinic, but will be reconfigured for efficiency and ultimate patient privacy.
“Today we are here to celebrate another step forward in fulfilling our mission to serve our patients and provide further quality care at St. Vincent,” said Maryann Reese, St. Vincent Healthcare COO. “Both the new Walk in Clinic and expanded Emergency Department will alleviate potential overcrowding so clinicians can continue to provide quality, compassionate care to patients when they are often facing some of the most difficult and challenging moments in life.”
CTA Architects designed the new care areas, and High-Tech Construction will oversee the 3.2 million dollar project.
The projects are expected to be completed by July of 2010 and are funded in part by the St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation. Through the years, the St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation and the region have supported many projects within St. Vincent Healthcare. The funding of this project continues that mission of support and will provide tools to further enhance the quality care that is delivered to the people of Billings and surrounding region.
About St. Vincent Healthcare:
St. Vincent Healthcare is a comprehensive system of award-winning healthcare services located in Billings, Montana. St. Vincent is a regional destination hospital which serves a four-state area and more than 900,000 people each year. A comprehensive range of services include a Level II trauma Center
, cardiothoracic and vascular medicine, comprehensive cancer services
, family-centered maternal and child health – a Level III B NICU & Pediatric Intensive Care Unit – neurosurgery, orthopedics and the region’s most advanced diagnostic services. St. Vincent Healthcare is part of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System. St. Vincent Healthcare’s quality, mission-driven, charitable healthcare has been in existence for more than 110 years. To learn more about St. Vincent Healthcare, visit www.svh-mt.org.