Fort Kent ~ Work is underway to upgrade the emergency room at Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC). The ER renovation project is the first since the Emergency Room was built during the 1970’s addition to the hospital. With minimal changes in the space over the past forty plus years, the upcoming renovations will bring many improvements to emergency patient care. NMMC’s Governing Board has approved the two million dollar project and the work has begun to upgrade the space.
Feedback from patient satisfaction surveys has been taken heavily into account for the design of the project, as well as regulatory changes that have been implemented into the specifications for hospital emergency rooms by the American Institute of Architects. The Sheridan Corporation has been contracted as the architect and project management company. Sheridan has secured local contractors for over fifty percent of the work to be done.
According to Alain Bois, RN, Director of Nursing at NMMC, the ER renovation project will be rolled out in three phases. In the first phase, a fifteen hundred square foot addition will be built adjacent to the existing ER. One of the main changes in the new space will be to relocate the ambulance entrance which will separate it from the public entrance, thereby offering more privacy. Phase one will also add a trauma room, a decontamination area and a nurses’ station.
Phase one will be accomplished without interruption in patient flow in the current ER. In the second phase, the existing ER space will undergo renovations to meet regulations. Each patient treatment area will be private and an advanced cardiac monitoring system will be installed. In the third and final phase, the reception and waiting areas will be reconfigured to be more welcoming and to ensure improved privacy and confidentiality. Overall, the benefits of the renovation project will increase efficiency, quietness of the area, confidentiality, safety, patient comfort and will meet the newest standards for safety. Emergency services will operate at full capacity during all three phases of construction. The renovations are expected to be complete by April of 2015.
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