University Hospital Holds Ribbon-Cutting for Second Phase of ED Expansion

University Hospital held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the end of its second phase of construction and renovation of the region’s busiest Emergency Department at 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26. The new Emergency Department areas open for business Nov. 27.

University Hospital’s Emergency Department was designed to treat 45,000 patients a year but now sees more than 80,000 annually. That’s why in Spring 2016, University Health Care System’s Board approved a $42 million, three-year expansion and renovation to our current Emergency Department to increase the number of treatment areas and to improve clinical workflow for physicians and nurses.

The second phase of construction includes:

  • New entrance for the public with a separate EMS entrance 
  • New and expanded patient and family waiting room 
  • Volunteer Board Family Refreshment Area 
  • Four new pods: Each pod is set up like mini-emergency departments and includes 12 all-inclusive patient rooms that surround a central nursing station.  
  • Expanded private Triage Rooms
  • Additional parking