By Lethbridge Herald on March 25, 2015.
Patients will enjoy additional private treatment areas with the completion of the second phase of renovations to the emergency department at Chinook Regional Hospital.
The $9-million renovation project began more than one year ago, and the entire project will be completed in 2017.
Phase 2 includes six new individual treatment rooms and a large workstation for staff and physicians.
The first phase of the project was completed last October. It included a larger treatment room for trauma patients, four smaller acute treatment rooms, two secure psychiatry treatment rooms, additional workspaces for physicians and staff, and equipment storage.
Overall, the five-phase project will increase the current emergency department floor space by about 30 per cent. This includes additional patient and waiting room spaces, dedicated private rooms for gynecology treatment, trauma and psychiatry services and improved infection prevention and control.
The emergency department renovation is part of the $135-million Chinook Regional Hospital redevelopment project funded by the Government of Alberta. The overall project includes construction of a new five-storey wing that will expand acute and ambulatory care, outpatient clinics, respiratory therapy, pre-operative assessment and labour and delivery.
The third phase of the emergency department renovation will start in April and take about six months to complete.
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