AED completing the last piece of its 'renovation puzzle'

Members of the AED and Crisis Intervention units (CIU) jumped at the chance to use a sledge hammer and take a whack at the former Area A of the AED. Shown (l-r) are: Rebecca Stanley, RN, APSM, CIU; Megan Pizzo, RN; Chris Chmura, RN, service line educator; Mark Sevilla, RN; Pam Walters, mental health worker, CIU; Lisa Maciejak, RN, APSM; Tracy Bachinski, mental health worker, CIU; and Robyn Hewitt, RN, service line educator.
Members of the AED and Crisis Intervention units (CIU) jumped at the chance to use a sledge hammer and take a whack at the former Area A of the AED. Shown (l-r) are: Rebecca Stanley, RN, APSM, CIU; Megan Pizzo, RN; Chris Chmura, RN, service line educator; Mark Sevilla, RN; Pam Walters, mental health worker, CIU; Lisa Maciejak, RN, APSM; Tracy Bachinski, mental health worker, CIU; and Robyn Hewitt, RN, service line educator.

After more than two years of major reconstruction, the Adult Emergency Department (AED) on York Street is seeing light at the end of the construction tunnel that will leave it expanded to more than 48,000 square feet. With the completion of its latest milestone, department staff recently offered an open house to showcase the newly completed Area A and other sections of the Adult ED. The new, partially completed Area A features 12 patient bays, complemented by an additional 16 bays in Area B. Bright, airy and spacious, the ED provides patients with the privacy they need while giving staff much needed resources, space and storage.

Construction on the AED's Diagnostic Imaging area is also complete. That space now contains two general X-ray machines, two CT scanners, radiological fluoroscopy and one ultrasound.

"The new space is absolutely beautiful and should give our patients and their families everything to help make their visit here much more positive," said Heather Gilluly, RN, a 10-year member of the Adult ED, which last year saw more than 80,000 patients. "The new ED provides an atmosphere that is much more conducive to healing, even as we see increasing numbers of patients."

Construction on the Adult ED is expected to be complete in early January.

"Renovating the former A/B space is the last major piece of the renovation puzzle," says David Hajdasz, PhD, business manager of the AED. "When complete, Area A will have an additional seven patient care rooms and three trauma rooms, adding 10 new rooms to the area.

"Patients and staff are responding positively to our nearly complete environment," said John Sward, RN, MSN, patient service manager, AED. "Our emergency department staff are well-trained and dedicated and it is uplifting for them to be able to treat patients in a space designed so they can give them the best care possible in a comfortable environment."