Davis Medical Center To Expand Emergency Department


There is a one in three chance you or a loved one will need to visit an emergency room this year, and the one thing everyone wants is access to a quality emergency department.

Most emergency departments designed 20 years ago were an open floor plan and didn’t provide much in the way of comfort or privacy. Davis Medical Center’s proposed plan to transform that requires the hospital to renovate its current facility.

“We have a great care team, great physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants. To be able integrate the latest technology, room, and a dedicated bay for multiple physicians and equipment to surround that bed, it really prepares us for years to come,” said Mike Bell, foundation director, Davis Health System Foundation.

Last year, the average time it took a patient to complete a visit was more than two hours. Renovating the ED facility will include adding 4,000-square-feet. Davis Medical Center plans to create 15 private rooms, two semi private rooms, and updated medical equipment. Staff said it will greatly enhance patient satisfaction and reduce wait times. 

“So it provides a more work conducive work environment for the staff that’s here, it will quiet the department down, and improve the patient experience you’re going to get at Davis,” said Tim Thorpe, emergency department manager.

Davis Health System has set a campaign goal of $2 million to enhance emergency services at its medical center. The campaign has topped $1 million so far. 

While the foundation said there’s still a ways to go in reaching this goal, but with continued generosity from the community, the foundation said they will be successful.”

“A not for profit based community hospital can only do certain things in 2016 in partnership with our communities. So we again say thank you that have made early commitments and gotten us to the halfway mark, and certainly look at the opportunity at talking with others,” Bell said.

Construction will begin in phases and is set to begin this September.

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