For the first time in nearly three decades, the emergency department at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood is getting a makeover. Residents in the area will already be familiar with the sight of construction crews and orange cones, and patients and …
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For the first time in about a decade, the emergency department at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood is getting a makeover. Residents in the area will already be familiar with the sight of construction crews and orange cones, and patients and their families may have been through the temporary entrance.Here are a few things to know about how the renovations will change the emergency room area.Services are still runningAll emergency and hospital services will operate as usual throughout the end of the project, including 24-hour level-one trauma, stroke and burn care. What's being changed?The emergency department — also generally called the emergency room — will undergo renovations in its waiting room and public spaces like bathrooms. The waiting room will be aesthetically upgraded to offer a more welcoming, modern and private feel, said Kara Anderson, public relations official for Swedish Medical Center.The project will include a new entrance with a glass canopy over the driveway outside the front doors to protect patients from the elements, a news release from Swedish Medical Center said. Additional lighting on and around the canopy will be installed to improve safety and visibility.The rooms where patients are treated will not undergo changes, Anderson said.When will the construction end?The renovations are expected to wrap up in January or February. The work began on Oct. 24. It's part of a $50 million, ongoing aesthetic improvement project, the news release said. The emergency department was last renovated in 2007, Anderson said.Which part is the emergency room?The emergency department sits at the north side of the medical complex, at East Girard Avenue and South Pennsylvania Street. Currently, patients and families enter through a temporary “breezeway,” a covered outdoor space just to the right of the former entry doors. Free parking is available in the adjacent lot, and complimentary valet service is available weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.About Swedish Medical CenterThe Swedish Medical Center emergency room cares for more than 70,000 patients each year, including approximately 2,200 trauma patients. It's an acute care hospital with 408 licensed beds, the news release said. Swedish Medical Center as a whole sees more than 200,000 patients per year, with 1,600 employees, 500 volunteers and more than 1,300 physicians providing care.
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