Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s (CHH) comprehensive, multi-year Emergency Department (ED) renovation and expansion project reached another milestone in October, bringing online a new technically advanced nurses station and four new state-of-the-art treatment rooms. Designed to modernize and enhance infrastructure and patient care services, the project has made significant progress in 2017, and will be two-thirds finished by the end of the year.
This past July, CHH opened its new Emergency Department entrance located in the same location and parking area as the former ED entrance but closer to Litchfield Street. Patients and visitors are now welcomed by two large highly visible red “EMERGENCY” signs at the new entrance and should park in the same area they are accustomed to in the past. This phase featured a new check-in area for staff members to greet patients and conduct a quick, private evaluation, a larger, more comfortable waiting room, state-of-the-art treatment and triage rooms, and new security, staff, and spiritual care areas.
“We are excited about demonstrating our commitment to the future. This space is ‘purpose built’, with the patient in mind in every aspect of the design. We are proud to make it available, on schedule.” said Bill Bednarz, Administrative Director of Facilities and Support Services.
The $12M Emergency Department upgrade project was initiated last year to improve patient privacy and comfort, provide less patient waiting time, improve patient flow and efficiencies, and better accommodate larger volumes and technical advances in patient care. When completed, CHH will have 34 Emergency Department treatment rooms and two triage areas, an expanded nurse station, additional equipment and supply storage space, and rooms for nutrition, bariatric, EMS, and financial counseling services.
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-plus bed, acute care facility serving the regional health care needs of thirty towns in northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. Charlotte Hungerford Hospital: One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. For a full list of offerings and an online physician directory, visit www.charlottehungerford.org.