Highland District Hospital announced this week that its expanded Emergency Department is now complete.
In a press release, HDH said that in less than a year, the Emergency Department of HDH has expanded its footprint to include over 9,300 square feet of all private patient rooms, a designated trauma room, central nurses’ station with a view of all patient rooms, specially equipped behavioral health rooms to treat mental illness or substance abuse patients, and special decontamination rooms for patients exposed to hazardous materials – all while improving support areas for visitors and family members with an expanded waiting and vending area.
“We are very thankful to our board members, both hospital and foundation for their support – and to our employees and community for their patience as we experienced this growth,” said Randy Lennzarts, president and CEO of HDH. “We asked a lot of them through this project. We are so proud to be offering the best possible environment to those seeking emergency care.”
As patient volumes continued to grow year after year, it was obvious that the previous space was just not going to support the projected patient load Highland District Hospital Emergency Department was slated to see over the coming years.
Tim Parry, vice president of Operations said, “The increased floor space allows for more efficient care delivery and patient accessibility. We made every effort to design a facility that would provide optimal care to our community.”
To commemorate the opening of the completed space, Highland District Hospital board members, Highland District Hospital Foundation Board members, and members of the hospital leadership team, including Emergency Department Manager Tracey Coss, gathered for a ceremonial ribbon cutting before the space was opened for public use.
The Highland District Hospital Foundation is continuing its drive to raise $1.5 million toward the project, already reaching $1.2 million of that goal.
“Our expectations of support from our community and employees have been far exceeded,” said Cathy Jones, foundation director. “We anticipated we would need up to five years to meet this goal, but are closing in on it much more quickly.”
For more information about how to contribute to the GreatER Care Campaign, contact Cathy Jones or Brandy Luke, campaign coordinator, at 937-393-6360.
Information from Highland District Hospital press release.