Covenant Medical Center Set to Open New Emergency Department

posted 7/22/2013 by Dana Derflinger in News

On Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00 a.m., the emergency department at Covenant Medical Center will open its doors to the public in its new location off West Ninth Street. More than 30,000 patients seek care in Covenant's emergency department (ED) each year. This new facility offers state-of-the-art technology, more space to accommodate patients and their loved ones and a better location that will be easier to access.

The planning of the ED started two years ago and construction crews broke ground in June, 2012. The new ED, ambulance garage and helipad marks Covenant's largest construction project since it opened the Covenant Outpatient and Women's Center in 2005.

The Covenant Foundation was challenged with the task of raising $5 million for this $18 million project, marking the first capital campaign in the history of the foundation. The Schoitz Health Resources Board of Directors challenged the community in the beginning with a $2.5 million matching donation. A lead gift came midway through the campaign from the Molinaro family of Waterloo. Because of their $415,000 contribution, the ambulance garage and Air Care II helipad will be named the "Robert J. and Mary Ellen Molinaro Emergency Transportation Facility."  Wheaton associates, physicians, area businesses and community members dug deep in their pockets to help the foundation accomplish its goal in late June.

The new facility features 24 patient rooms with specially designed rooms to treat trauma victims, mental health patients and other acute conditions.

A computed tomography (CT) scanner in the department will allow timely diagnosis of broken bones, stroke and more.

The ambulance garage can house up to six ambulances simultaneously - the largest facility in the Cedar Valley and one of the largest in Iowa.

The helipad was constructed on top of the ambulance garage which gives Air Care II direct elevator access to the ER. The doors open a few steps from the specialized trauma rooms.

You are invited to tour the new facility during an open house on Sunday, September 8 from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Bring the whole family for tours, refreshments and activities for the kids.

Questions can be emailed to Dana Derflinger in Public Relations, dana.derflinger@wfhc.org.