OGDEN -- One of the busiest emergency departments in the state has a new innovative design, billed as equipped to care for the most critically injured patients, as well as those with minor illnesses, in the fastest, most efficient way possible.
More than 65,000 people are treated at McKay-Dee Hospital's Level II trauma emergency department each year. That equals out to approximately seven patients per hour, said CEO Tim Pehrson.
The new facelift, funded by the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Foundation, provides patients with immediate care from the time they walk inside the door to the time they check out.
"We have a new triage unit where patients come in and are assessed right away and a physician is always present to take a look and perhaps order tests," said Dr. Matt Pollard, chief of the emergency department. "In some situations, the patient may even be treated right there and never have to go back to the emergency room."
The triage unit features two enlarged rooms with wheelchair accessibility, a bed and a physician station.
Also at the entrance is a new registration unit, a security guard station and a waiting room, divided into two areas in an effort to separate sick patients from those who have not been exposed, said nurse manager Kathy Calton.
An observation unit with seven beds is located within the emergency department as well. It will be used for both psychiatric patients and those who have illnesses that need to be watched for a few hours.
The nurses station has been opened up and expanded in a big circle surrounded by patient rooms so every patient can be seen at all times, Calton said. Each room now has privacy glass, replacing the curtains, so patients can have a quieter atmosphere. In addition, each room has a colored wall which creates a warmer feel.
"Each room is set up and stocked exactly the same so everything is very organized," Calton said. "There are also computers in every room which allow the physicians to show the patient their radiology pictures and go over other test results."
Doctors also have their own station for dictating and reviewing patient records.
The emergency department still has three trauma bays for the most critical patients, a LifeFlight helipad, a family consultation room, trauma elevators that take the patient immediately to surgery, the cath-lab, intensive care unit or labor and delivery and an X-ray suite. A new break room and conference room have also been added to the facility as well as a discharge room for patients waiting to check out.
"I began working here eight years ago, but before that I worked as a tech and a housekeeper," Pollard said. "When I finished my residency I wanted to come back to McKay-Dee Hospital because it is such a phenomenal place to work. We are ready to handle any emergency any time of day and many times it starts with the professionalism of our police, fire, EMS workers and LifeFlight staff."
The new look was designed by Bertoldi Architects and constructed by Big D Construction. It has also now been named after the Shaw Foundation.