Published on January 14, 2013
Grand Opening Planned for New ER
North Kansas City Hospital’s new, 42-bed ER opens January 31, 2013. The Hospital will host an open house for the public on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, 2-4 pm. Enjoy a ribbon cutting ceremony, tours and a free health fair featuring: blood pressure screening, health assessment (height, weight, BMI), chair massage, fitness/exercise demonstrations, trauma services, ask a nurse and much more.
The expansion enhances the Hospital’s existing Level II trauma center services and brings additional care and convenience to patients and families. The $18 million project, including state-of-the-art improvements and upgrades, makes North Kansas City Hospital the first area Missouri hospital with a CT scanner in the ER dedicated for emergency care. The dedicated CT scanner and a rooftop helipad help emergency staff provide rapid, lifesaving care to patients in Kansas City and Northwest Missouri.
With over 10,000 square feet of additional space, the ER now encompasses 30,000 square feet, increasing capacity from 65,000 to 80,000 emergency visits a year. The new design allows more space and privacy in each of the 42 rooms, including three trauma rooms.
The natural-light filled addition is an attractive and innovative approach to emergency care and a sparkling addition to North Kansas City Hospital’s suite of advanced services.
Administration, physicians and department staff began planning the new expansion in September 2009. The new space was designed with physician, nursing and patient convenience in mind. The core staff area utilizes an open design to improve communication among caregiver disciplines. The universal bedding system allows patients to be assigned to any of the 42 rooms with convenient, centrally-located areas to store equipment. Dedicated spaces for emergency physicians, admitting/consulting physicians, nurses, case managers and support staff help minimize foot traffic and keep care moving efficiently.
The enhanced triage area allows quick and efficiently identification and treatment of patients. Improved security includes an office for security personnel near check-in and increased camera surveillance throughout the interior and exterior. Parking spaces and ambulance bays have clearly separate locations so that ambulance patients and walk-in patients enter through different doors.
About North Kansas City Hospital: For over 50 years, North Kansas City Hospital has been at the forefront of providing medical care in the Northland. The Hospital is an acute-care facility with 451-licensed beds with specialties in cardiac care, oncology, women’s health, orthopedics and emergency services. They provide a full continuum of care from the highest level of neonatal intensive care to award-winning cardiovascular and orthopedic programs to home health and hospice. The medical staff includes over 550 physicians representing 49 medical specialties. North Kansas City Hospital is the first hospital in Missouri and one of only a few hospitals in the country to receive the Mission: Lifeline Heart Attack Receiving Center accreditation from the American Heart Association. In addition, the Hospital is an accredited Level III Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, a major trauma center for emergency care and rated as one of the busiest adult/pediatric emergency departments in Kansas City. For more information, contact North Kansas City Hospital at 2800 Clay Edwards Dr., North Kansas City, MO 64116, on the web at nkch.org, at 816-691-2000 or follow the Hospital on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.