With a commitment to providing patients with individualized care that is delivered with compassion and increased safety and efficiency, Putnam Hospital Center broke ground in late September on a $9 million project to expand and refurbish its emergency department.
“This project is a reaffirmation of Putnam Hospital Center’s commitment to provide accessible and convenient high-quality medical services to the residents of Putnam County and beyond,” hospital President Peter Kelly said.
The groundbreaking ceremony took place near the entrance of the existing Emergency Department, where approximately 100 community members, local leaders, and employees joined Kelly, members of the Health Quest and Putnam Hospital Center boards of trustees, the Putnam Hospital Center Foundation and Putnam Hospital Center Auxiliary to celebrate the occasion.
“As a physician in the Putnam Hospital Center community since 2007, I am proud and excited to be involved with the expansion,” Emergency Department Medical Director Dr. Keyur Ajbani said. “The commitment of resources this endeavor requires truly signifies the hospital’s commitment to providing Putnam County residents and neighboring communities with state-of-the-art medical facilities so they can experience medical care at its best. We strive for excellence in our emergency department, and this expansion will provide us with the platform to deliver that care.”
Designed by architectural firm Steffian Bradley Architects (SBA), the project will add 8,400 square feet of space that will include 11 additional treatment bays, a new nurses station, along with separate ambulance and pedestrian entrances to improve safety and flow. The emergency department will also have enhanced triage treatment areas, a new results-pending room, enlarged ambulance bays for better access, interior modifications to the existing unit and parking improvements.
In 2016, Putnam Hospital Center had 27,115 visits to its emergency department, a figure that is projected to reach close to 28,000 this year.
The enhancements and renovations are paid for, in part, by contributions made by the auxiliary and other fundraising efforts.
Throughout the duration of construction, the emergency department will remain fully operational. The expanded and refurbished emergency department is expected to open for patient care in late 2019.