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Jan 11: Memorial Opens a New Emergency Department at Memorial Hospital Central


COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, JANUARY 11, 2007 - The new Emergency Department at Memorial Hospital Central, which opened on Jan. 11, 2007, changes the way emergency care is delivered in our community. Patients are grouped in unique care units so they can be seen more quickly, in an environment that is at once high-tech and comfortable, attractive and conducive to healing.

Quick Facts –

  • 68 beds (most are in private exam rooms)
  • 44,000 square feet
  • Staff of 140 personnel plus 30 physicians
  • The Emergency Department treats almost 100,000 patients each year

The new Emergency Department reflects the state-of-the-art in hospital design. The department is divided into five care units, each designed to serve a particular patient population. In each care unit, patient rooms are arranged in a circle around a central nurses’ station, shortening the time it takes for nurses to reach a patient in need.

The Care Units –

  • The 12-bed Pediatric Unit is specially equipped and dedicated for children, who also have a separate waiting area and check-in desk. All of the rooms are private and stocked with equipment designed specifically for treating children.
  • Patients in need of intensive treatment will be treated in the 13-bed Care Unit 1. This critical care unit includes three resuscitation rooms and five beds designated as a chest pain center.
  • Patients with acute illnesses or injuries who do not require critical care will be treated in Care Unit 2. Its 21 beds include rooms designated for pelvic, orthopedic and ear, nose and throat conditions. The unit also houses an enhanced center for emergency care of women who are victims of sexual assault.
  • Adult patients with minor illnesses and injuries such as sore throats, sprained ankles and minor lacerations will receive prompt attention in one of the 12 private rooms in Care Unit 3.
  • Care Unit 4 is composed of a shared, six-bed area and four private rooms. Patients being treated for alcohol- or drug-intoxication or who are experiencing psychiatric crises will be seen and evaluated in this area.

The new Emergency Department is the first phase of the seven-story, 380,000-square-foot East Tower, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2007. When complete, the addition will house Memorial Hospital for Children, Women’s and Maternity Services, physician office space as well as the Emergency Department. The complete cost for the East Tower is $109 million.

Architect - Jonathan Bailey Associates
General Contractor - PCL Construction