Phase I of the newly constructed Bozeman Deaconess Emergency Department at Bozeman Deconess Hospital in Bozeman, Montana, is ready to receive patients in 19 state-of-the-art examination rooms, most of which are dedicated to specific medical needs.
Along with two cardiac rooms directly across from the nurses’ stations, there are two trauma rooms both of which are equipped to handle the most acutely injured; three orthopedic rooms; two OB/GYN rooms with bathrooms; one general treatment room connected to a new decontamination shower; an isolation room with a new negative-pressure system; a room reserved for ear, nose and throat cases; two secure rooms for at-risk patients; and five general exam rooms.
There also are eight spots in the halls with full hookups to treat patients in the case of a major disaster, along with alcoves for digital imaging equipment, crash and suture carts, a nutrition area, and a wheelchair/stretcher park.
Other rooms are designated for staff, consultations, families, phlebotomy, oxygen storage, clean and soiled utility, offices, and a medication room.
The new Emergency Department uses an advanced nurse call system that will be installed hospital-wide and a pneumatic tube system to the main laboratory.
While the new space will be operational as of July 10, 2012, Phase II, expected to be completed in January 2013, will begin and includes a complete renovation of the current 10-bed emergency room into a new triage area with seven updated examination rooms, for a total of 26, and the balance of the space will be converted into reception, waiting, admissions, and children’s play areas.
In all, the completed project, including fixtures, furniture and equipment, is expected to cost $15 million, with nearly $9 million donated by community members through the Bozeman Deaconess Foundation. The new facility will be able to accommodate 38,000 patients annually anticipated at the Emergency Department by 2020.