HUTCHINSON, Kansas -- Hutchinson Regional Medical Center announced plans for a $5 million renovation and expansion of the hospital's emergency department.
The project, which has been in planning for approximately 12 months, will increase the size of the department from 10 beds to 20 beds.
The new department will include: two major trauma rooms, 14 private treatment rooms, a 4 patient "Fast Track" unit, an updated diagnostic imaging suite, two private patient triage rooms and an expanded visitor and guest lounge.
"Our current Emergency facilities have served the community well for nearly 40 years. The department is undersized for the patient volumes currently being seen considering today's healthcare design standards. It is being updated to expand both its physical size and to make it more clinically efficient," said Keith Miller, President and CEO of Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System.
One half of the project's projected cost, up to $2.5 million, will be funded through a grant from the Hutchinson Regional Medical Foundation. The remaining funds will come from Hutchinson Regional Medical Center operations.
Construction on the project is expected to begin in the late fall, with completion in 2014.