University Hospital receives CON for ED expansion

Oct. 27, 2016 (AUGUSTA, GA) – University Hospital has received a Certificate of Need from the Georgia Department of Community Health to expand and renovate its current Emergency Department. The hospital initiated the CON request due to the increasing numbers of patients seen at our downtown facility.

University’s current ED was designed to care for around 50,000 patients a year, however, year-end projections estimate we will see more than 85,000 ED patients in 2016. Because of this, University Health Care System’s Executive Board in February approved a 3-year, $30 million expansion and renovation project to increase the ED’s size and improve clinical workflow.

This expansion will increase the ED’s capacity from 55 to 78 treatment spaces, which includes 60 ED beds, 12 Pediatric/Minor Treatment spaces and six Psychiatric recliners. With the exception of the Psychiatric Area, all areas in the ED will be made up of a nursing station surrounded by 12 all-inclusive patient rooms, creating a more streamlined workflow for nurses and physicians. Each of these “pods” will be set up like a mini ED.

In addition, the ED expansion will include:

  • An isolation room with anteroom
  • Designated medication area
  • Two bariatric rooms
  • One Sexual Assault Nursing Examination room
  • Psychiatric area
  • Two seclusion rooms
  • A designated decontamination shower area
  • EMS room with its own equipment room
  • Larger ED lobby with more, smaller conversation groups and highlighted with expansive windows
  • Café/Vending areas with space for five vending machines, tables and chairs
  • Device charging stations in lobby area
  • Formal security post
  • Triage area set up to perform Rapid Treatment and Assessments