SAGINAW (WJRT) -
(05/13/14) - It's been a long few months, but the Emergency Care Center at Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw is getting closer to completion.
When it's done, emergency room staff will have a whole lot more space to work.From the outside to the inside, a lot is being done.
The construction project will improve upon what was put together more than a decade ago.
"We were hoping when it was built back then that it would last for a long time. Our volumes, we were anticipating staying around 70,000. But now we're seeing around 85,000 a year. And with that large increase, we just didn't fit in this space anymore," said Dr. Matthew Deibel, the interim medical director of the Emergency Care Center at Covenant.
Many of the patient rooms are already done. That includes the pediatric area, where there is some pretty colorful art work.
ER workers say the best part of this is the boost from 47 patient rooms to 65. Also new, they're adding a CT scan machine to the ER so patients don't have to be moved to other areas to get that type of testing.
There is still construction to do on the emergency room entrance area. It's still in the same place, off of Cooper Avenue, but the waiting room and triage area will have a whole new look.
Hospital staff had a say in its design, so they hope it will improve the way they move patients around.
They have had to put up with construction dust and disorder for months, now staff and patients are counting down the days until this more than $6 million project is done.
"I think they're going to be excited to get back to our normal mode of flow. Because the way we're doing it now is not our ultimate. So it'll be nice to get back into our grove," said Sheri Short, the co-nurse manager of the Emergency Care Center.
They won't have to wait too long. The bulk of this work is expected to wrap up in late June. A grand opening will probably take place after July 4.