New emergency department coming to Aspen Valley Hospital
Deborah Breen, President & CEO Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation
The emergency department (ED) at Aspen Valley Hospital (AVH) continues to exceed patient expectations, consistently ranking high on patient surveys. With short wait times, highly trained physicians, and attentive and skilled staff, every point of care is carefully orchestrated.
Becky Headden, RN, Director of Emergency Services, is proud of her “skilled, innovative team that always goes above and beyond.” She states that, “while we have done a good job managing patients in the current space, the new ED will offer tremendous improvements and efficiencies that will put our emergency and trauma facilities on par with any larger facility across the country.” The Resnick Family Emergency Department is scheduled to open at the end of 2016 and will include:
- 14 private patient rooms. Private rooms replace curtained bays, enhancing patient and family privacy while also allowing new technology at the bedside. The new ED will also feature specialty treatment rooms including a negative pressure room, mental health “safe room,” orthopedic procedure suite and a pediatric treatment room.
- State-of-the-art trauma suite. The new trauma treatment suite will accommodate multiple patients along with the necessary technology to quickly evaluate and treat. A dedicated ambulance entrance allows the most efficient transfer of patients, and the close proximity to resources, including CT, X-ray and MRI, allows for immediate evaluation of critical injuries. Only a small percent of patients—less than 2%—need to be transferred for advanced treatment, and in those instances time is of the essence. A new rooftop helipad, complete with its own dedicated elevator, ensures safe and efficient transport.
- Enhanced design for efficient workflow and patient comfort. The new design considers patient and family safety and comfort first, but also has built in efficiency for improved workflow. The emergency department will be adjacent to the surgery center, diagnostic imaging center, and pre-op and post-op services. A centralized nursing station with an electronic patient tracker board will add to the team’s efficiency.
Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation sincerely thanks the Resnick family for their philanthropic gift, which serves as an anchor for the emergency department project. We welcome all community members to come in for a tour. Once you see the progress, we hope you, too, will be inspired to support this incredible project!
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