Emergency room at Augusta Health set to open next month

Published: Jul. 10, 2018 at 7:00 PM EDT
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Work on the new emergency room at Augusta Health is almost finished, and on Tuesday, doctors and nurses spent time training in the space, which is expected to open on August 2.

The hospital says the emergency room will allow more patients to be treated at Augusta Health and more efficiently.

The expansion is adding more than a dozen rooms to the hospital. The hospital staff hopes this will allow them to stop putting patients in beds in the hallway, so everyone receives more private treatment.

"I think the care has been as good either way," Dr. Adam Rochman, medical director for the emergency room, said. "But we're able to improve our care by getting people a much more private, comfortable space."

All of the patient rooms and supplies will be designed and organized exactly the same in each room, so hospital staff knows where everything is in each room.

Rochman said they spent two years working on the space to make it as efficient as they could. Staff visited other emergency rooms, read books about efficiency and collected input from emergency room staff for the space.

It will be open to the public from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on July 21 for an open house.