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Final beam in place for Emergency Department expansion

 News Release 



November 9, 2006                                           Contact: Victoria Tedeschi

Public Relations Specialist

Adventist Midwest Health



Final beam in place for

Emergency Department expansion

Glendale Heights, IL – The final steel beam for the new $7 million Emergency Department at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital is now in place, and the project is on schedule for opening in Fall 2007.

            Glendale Heights village officials, including Village President Linda Jackson, attended a special ceremony on Nov. 8. Also present were board members of the GlenOaks Hospital Foundation, an organization of community members who have helped raise funds to support the project.

             “We are making good progress. I’d like to thank everyone for their support, and I’m looking forward to next year when we will be offering improved services to the community,” said Brinsley Lewis, Adventist GlenOaks CEO.

The expansion will allow Adventist GlenOaks Hospital to continue to provide high-quality care in a safe, comfortable setting. The expanded state-of-the-art facility will feature 21,000-square feet of space offering larger examination rooms and more support space for clinical and EMS providers. The new space will include a decontamination area, flexible trauma rooms, new specialized equipment, a dedicated radiology suite and nursing stations that offer increased patient privacy.

            Medical Director Joseph Shanahan, M.D., said the expansion is a much needed addition to the 25-year-old facility and will allow the emergency department to offer a “wait-less” emergency room. Rather than waiting in a central lobby, patients will be immediately ushered into a private, treatment room, Shanahan said.

            Registrars will come directly to the treatment room to complete the necessary paperwork. The emergency department along with the rest of the hospital will convert patient charts to an electronic medical record. 

In the treatment room, family members will be able to wait with the patient. “This concept cuts down on treatment time and speeds the process as well as offering patients and their families privacy,” Shanahan said. “This is just one of the many innovative services that this expansion will allow us to offer patients.”

            Emergency room wait times at Adventist GlenOaks are consistently low. A throughput time study conducted Aug. 27 through Sept. 2 of 232 emergency room patients found that their average time was one hour, 21 minutes. On average, patients waited 19 minutes from the time of arrival to being seen by a physician. “I am very proud of this effort,” Shanahan said. “I know the times will continue to decrease once we are in our new facility.”

When completed, the emergency room will be a benefit to the area, Jackson said. “We are very happy to have Adventist GlenOaks in our village. They are a wonderful aspect of our community, and we are glad our residents have access to the quality of care they provide.”