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New emergency room among big changes at Rapid City hospital – News & Observer

A $200 million transformation of Rapid City Regional Hospital has begun with the completion of a three-level parking garage.

The Rapid City Journal reports the most profound upcoming changes include the move of the hospital’s main entrance from the north side to the south side of the building; integration of inpatient and outpatient cardiac care services; expansion of the emergency department and the addition of another parking garage.

“Two years from now what we’re going to see is something completely different, better access for patients and better access for all of our clinical teams,” Paulette Davidson, the hospital’s chief operating officer, said at a Tuesday gathering inside a recently completed 754-space parking facility just south of the main hospital complex. “And this is just the beginning.”

The new, three-story front entrance will be made with glass, and the 36,000-square-foot emergency department will have more patient beds and medical offices.

The new emergency department will be 150 percent larger than the current space, which is already the busiest in the state with 85,000 visits per year. It’ll include five trauma exam rooms, more than 30 private exam rooms, enclosed parking for six ambulances and elevator access to a rooftop helipad.

A 30,000-square-foot intermediate care cardiac unit with outpatient offices of the Heart and Vascular Institute will be located on the level above the new emergency department.

“It’s going to be a fantastic change and will continue to advance the level of cardiac care that people have become accustomed to,” said Joseph Tuma, a cardiologist.

The project is slated for completion in 2020.

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Regional Health to relocate emergency room at main campus – KOTA – Kotatv

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) – Starting Monday, August 21st, 2017, Rapid City Regional Hospital (RCRH) will close down its existing emergency entrance and parking lot to allow for construction of a larger emergency room and a new main entrance.

The temporary emergency entrance and parking lot will be relocated to the west side of the hospital in what was Regional Health Rehabilitation Institute parking lot.

There will be a covered walkway to the new entrance and will feature, security, an emergency phone, security officers and cameras so that caregivers can keep an eye on the parking lot for emergency situations.

With about 55,000 visits last year to the emergency room, the busiest in South Dakota, this expansion is badly needed.

“It’s going to be state-of-the-art, said Jennifer Murray, Emergency Department Director for RCRH. Our hope is that very decreased limited waiting time for our patients. When you got a department that you have out grown, you undoubtedly can have patients waiting to be seen because we just don’t have the physical space to see them. So our hope is that patients arrive, we bring them right inthey see a physician nearly immediatelyand now we get them in and out much quicker. “

The temporary emergency entrance will be in effect for at least two years as construction wraps up.

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HMH completes Phase II of emergency room expansion – Elizabethtown News Enterprise

Hardin Memorial Hospital has completed Phase II of its 14,000-square-foot emergency department expansion.

Phase II, which wrapped up last week, included adding nine renovated rooms for patient care and new CT scan and digital X-ray rooms to the department.

Hardin Memorial Health Assistant Vice President for Emergency Services Deanna Parker said the new CT scan and digital X-ray rooms allow patients to receive quicker access to diagnostic tools.

We no longer have to take patients across the hospital for these important treatments, Parker said. Because minutes matter, quick access for CT scan is an especially critical tool for stroke patients.

Emergency Department Manager Chris Stucker said the rooms are some of our largest wins in this department.

Its a lot of improvement, he said.

Stucker said additional rooms include one designed for bariatric patients and an isolation room for those undergoing radiation treatments.

The expanded space was designed to serve everyone, he said, with rooms also for victims of sexual assault and those with behavioral health needs. HMH is one of only four emergency departments in Kentucky with certified Sexual Assault Nursing Examiners, officials said.

Stucker also said the new space has state-of-the-art trauma suites for better care of severely injured patients.

All of our rooms are set up to treat any type of patient. We didnt want to limit ourselves to where you could only see a certain type of patient in a room, but we do have specialized rooms, he said. There was definitely a lot of work put in from all around to try to determine the need of the community.

Phase III of the expansion, which began Thursday, is scheduled for completion in early 2018. When complete, the expanded department will have 65 rooms in a ribbon-shaped design meant to provide enhanced security, improved flow and more personalized treatment.

During the final phase, walk-in emergency department patients are being asked to enter the hospital at the covered overhang entrance, formerly the main admitting entrance facing Dixie Avenue.

Patients, visitors and staff who park in the parking garage have access to the entrance by a sidewalk connecting the garage to the new entrance. Signage has been added to the new entrance overhang, the parking garage and throughout the hospital campus to direct visitors.

A campus map that highlights the new entrance can be seen at

Parker said Hardin Memorial Health is growing its emergency department to meet the needs of a growing region. Originally designed to serve 44,000 patients annually, the emergency department now sees more than 70,000 patients each year. Stucker said he projects they are on track for 72,000 to 75,000 patients this year.

Each day, we are taking steps to improve. … Its a journey, Parker said, also thanking the community for showing patience during the transition. We are committed to making this the best (emergency department) possible for them.

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