Wheaton Announces New Emergency Department at Covenant Medical Center
by Dana Derflinger
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Announces Plans to Construct New Emergency Department at Covenant Medical Center
In furthering its commitment to providing exceptional health care to the Cedar Valley, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare is proud and excited to announce plans to construct a new emergency department at Covenant Medical Center. Construction of the new ED will commence in spring 2012 with completion expected in late summer 2013.
The current ED occupies just 10,000 square feet and has 14 patient rooms. The new facility will occupy approximately 27,000 square feet and house 24 patient rooms, including specially equipped rooms for trauma and behavioral health patient exam and treatment. This project will move the ED from the east side of the Covenant Medical Center campus to the west side, maximizing patient parking and access adjacent to the existing visitor’s entrance. The ambulance and helicopter facilities will also be expanded and moved to provide a more direct route to the ED with access from West Ninth Street. The design of the new facility will focus greatly on family-centered care. Larger rooms will accommodate more people and easier access to the equipment needed to treat a variety of health conditions and injuries.
“As the area’s only level-two trauma center, we need to have the latest technology and the amount of space required to treat people involved in an accident, all the while providing the privacy and comfort required to treat other patients who come in for less severe medical conditions,” said Todd Lawrence, MD, Covenant Emergency Department Medical Director. “This is a busy emergency department. All of our patients deserve timely treatment in an environment that facilitates this. We’ve essentially run out of room to continue meeting the needs of our patients in this growing community.”
“So often the Emergency Department is the front door of the hospital for patients urgently seeking care,” said Chris Hyers, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Vice President of Business Development. “This project does just that, making our new Emergency Room not just our front door – but making it easier to find, easier to park all while equipping our providers with the space needed to provide high quality of care. The current facility has served us well for more than 25 years but to ensure that we can continue caring for the always changing needs of the communities this facility serves, it is time to do this.”
The project is estimated at 17 million dollars. The Covenant Foundation is leading a capital campaign to raise funds in support of this exciting new development. Local designer Invision is leading the architectural planning and Graham Construction of Des Moines will manage the construction of the facility. Both have extensive experience in health care facilities and provided services to Covenant during its facility expansion in 2005.