Major Renovation of our Emergency Department: Opens January 31, 2013
North Kansas City Hospital’s new, state-of-the-art Emergency Department opened its doors on January 31, 2013.
With over 10,000 square feet of additional space, our Emergency Department covers 30,000 square feet, increasing our capacity from 65,000 to 80,000 emergency visits a year. The new addition improves the Hospital’s existing Level II Trauma Center services and brings additional care and convenience to patients and families.
The 42 private rooms, including 3 trauma rooms, enhance patient comfort and care. A dedicated CT scanner within the Emergency Department and a rooftop helipad help our emergency staff provide rapid, lifesaving care to patients in Kansas City and Northwest Missouri.
Genesis of the New Emergency Department
Planning for the $18 million project began in September 2009 and included physicians and emergency department staff.
Patient and Physician Convenience
We planned the new space 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 corrals housing 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 us to quickly and efficiently identify and treat patients. Our new helipad on the roof provides fast transportation and direct access for life-threatening emergencies.
Improved security includes an office for security personel to check-in and increased camera surveillance throughout the interior and exterior. And, in the case of a threat, portions of the Emergency Department can be on lock down.
We also increased parking spaces and ambulance bays, with clearly separated locations so that ambulance patients and self-presenting patients enter through different entrances.
The new 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.
- 42 treatment rooms (39 exam/treatment and 3 trauma)
- CT and Radiology within ER
- 30,000 square feet of new and renovated space
- Design can support approximately 80,000 visits/year