Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., showed off a $2 million expansion of its ED to the community Sept. 17.
The 7,000-square-foot addition to the Charles E. and Mabel E. Conklin Center for Emergency Care is the beginning of a complete renovation of the ED, as well as the 127-year-old medical centers first-floor corridors and lobby, according to a news release.
This addition will enhance what is already the largest, most capable emergency department between New York City and Albany. Robert Friedberg, president of Vassar Brothers, said in the release.
The expansion increased the treatment space by 15 bays for a total of 57. All bays have mounted computers, TVs and new equipment.Construction of the ED addition at Vassar Brothers took approximately four weeks.
We are very excited about the ongoing changes at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Laura Bazarnick, MSN, RN, CEN, vice president of the ED, said in the release. This ER expansion is a perfect example of the investment we are making to ensure our community gets the best possible care available.
The rest of the ED will be revamped with new equipment, mounted computers, flooring, ceilings, counters and repainting. The ED will remain fully operational throughout the renovation, according to the release.
This addition will provide the necessary contemporary space to meet patient needs and privacy and to improve timeliness of care, Keyur Ajbani, MD, medical director of the ED, said in the release.
The original ED was designed for approximately 55,000 visits annually, the release said. This year, it will treat well over 68,000 patients, according to Vassar Brothers projections.
Our mission is to provide the highest level of care and patient satisfaction possible. Friedberg said in the release.