DADE CITY — Pasco Regional Medical Center expects this fall to open the first phase of an emergency room expansion that will eventually triple the hospital's current space and double the number of exam rooms.
On Tuesday, the hospital held an informal open house to allow hospital associates, medical staff, volunteers, paramedics and the news media to see the radical transformation before the doors open to the public later this fall.
Phase one of the construction project, which is nearing completion, includes the addition of 8,400 square feet of exam rooms, an imaging suite, a decontamination zone, a triage station, a nurses station, an EMS lounge, a registration/patient welcome area, and a patient/guest lounge. Phase one also includes redesigned ambulance bays for easy EMS access, along with public canopies for convenient access to the ER.
During the design phase of the new ER, the patients' comfort and ER experience were major considerations, hospital officials said. Visitors will now see soft, illuminated murals and photos of the community throughout the hallways and in the main waiting area. Overhead signs will guide visitors, and the waiting room will include touch-screen computers, an interactive media station and a children's area with touch-screen tabletop games.
At the completion of the first phase, emergency department operations will move into the newly constructed expansion while the old 4,300-square-foot ER is renovated. Additions in the second phase will include consultation suites, a staff lounge, a nurses station and storage space.