The new Emergency Department at Transylvania Regional Hospital will have 12 beds in larger rooms, specifically designed to efficiently lay out equipment and accommodate caregiving teams. These rooms will surround a centralized nursing station, which will provide optimal supervision of all patients. Four rooms will be dedicated to behavioral health patients and there will also be space to designate rooms for less traumatic emergencies, such as bone breaks. An orthopedics/cast room in the department will also speed treatment times.
Several efficiencies were built into the design of the new space including: Four behavioral health safe rooms will safe staff from having to deconstruct/construct rooms meant for other purposes; equipment storage will be on the unit-nearby; and there will be a dedicated room for medicine dispensing.
Privacy and comfort are the priorities in the new space. ED physicians will have dedicated space for updating notes and consulting with family members. Those who have minor injuries will have a place to wait away from the EMS entrance, and those who accompany people to the Emergency Department will have a more comfortable place to wait.