The new Emergency Department at Transylvania Regional Hospital (11,000 sf addition and 2,400 sf renovation) has 12 beds in larger rooms, specifically designed to efficiently layout equipment and accommodate caregiving teams. These rooms surround a centralized nursing station, which provides optimal supervision of all patients. Four rooms are dedicated to behavioral health patients, as well as additional space for 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 (4) behavioral health safe rooms which save staff from having to deconstruct/construct rooms meant for other purposes; equipment storage located nearby on the unit; and a dedicated room for medicine dispensing.
Privacy and comfort are the priorities in the new space. ED physicians have dedicated space for updating notes and consulting with family members. Those who have minor injuries have a place to wait away from the EMS entrance, and those who accompany people to the Emergency Department have a more comfortable place to wait.