After two years of intensive planning and renovation, the newly transformed Riddle Hospital Emergency Department (ED) is now open to the community.
"This major upgrade was a long process, but it was definitely worth the wait to provide patients and their families with expert, efficient emergency care in a state-of-the-art setting," says Michael Goodyear, DO, Riddle Hospital's chief of emergency medicine.
Riddle's expanded ED doubles the emergency services area with cutting-edge features, including:
- New lifesaving medical technology
- 24 private treatment rooms
- A Rapid Evaluation Unit for patients with minor injuries
- Private consultation rooms for families
- Spacious, comfortable waiting area
"Our ED team suggested enhancements that help the department function more efficiently and comfortably for staff and patients, such as mobile supply cabinets and thicker mattresses on stretchers," says Donna Cantalupi, RN, MSN, ED nurse manager. "It's a new day for emergency services at Riddle, and we're excited to showcase our new surroundings."
The ED was originally built to accommodate 22,000 patients annually, but that number is projected to rise to 50,000 in the next few years. The goal of the renovation is to significantly reduce waiting times and better serve residents of surrounding areas.
"Bottom line, we undertook this renovation for the community," says Dr. Goodyear. "Delivering advanced emergency services is our number one goal."