WVU Medicine’s Center for Emergency Medicine unveiled expansive renovations on Wednesday morning at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital.
“It really is a great day for West Virginia, for this institution to be able to really provide state of the art care in a family-friendly, patient centered environment,” said Chair of Emergency Medicine Dr. Ian B.K. Martin.
The renovations to the Emergency Center were official complete in November, allowing staff to accommodate more patients with shorter wait times.
The new and improved patient care areas include 16 additional exam rooms, for a total of 43 private patient rooms, a larger trauma and resuscitation area, behavioral medicine treatment rooms and more workspace for doctors and nurses.
“I think it’s had a very positive effect, really on both our patients but also on our staff who are working here,” Dr. Martin said. “I think certainly a bright, cheery, friendly environment positively affects patients and staff.”
The Center for Emergency Medicine also includes new state-of-the-art equipment and wireless technology, all designed with patients in mind.
“We used a lot of the feedback from our patients, both positive and negative on workflow inefficiency, room deficits, concerns for the lighting it was too dark,” said Director of Emergency Services Valerie Boley.
Boley said patients have responded positively to the changes, and so have the staff. After more than a year of working around the renovations, they’re enjoying the new space.
“We seek care here too, so we want the same experiences for our families as we do for every patient that comes in,” she said.
This expansion comes nearly a year after the opening of a four-bed Pediatric Emergency Center, and is only the first of more renovations to come in the next few years.
“We are really excited about the next phase of getting a waiting room and a front door so that when people walk in that same improved experience we’re giving in the care area will now extend out to the moment you enter the facility,” said Dr. Owen Lander, Medical Director of the Center for Emergency Medicine.
Renovations for the waiting room and triage area are on schedule to begin later this year. There is also a plan in the works to add more rooms to the Pediatric Emergency Center.