(HUTCHINSON, Kan.)—The emergency department at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center will soon get a face-lift.
Hospital administrators announced plans for a $5 million renovation and expansion Thursday. Upgrades to the facility would include 10 new beds, two trauma rooms, private treatment rooms, expanded visitor and guest lounge, as well as other amenities.
Kevin Miller, President and CEO of Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System, said the current facility is outdated.
"The department is undersized for the patient volumes currently being seen considering today's healthcare design standards," Miller said. "It is being updated to expand both its physical size and to make it more clinically efficient."
Carolyn Patterson, Chairperson of the Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System Board of Directors, said the Affordable Care Act will increase the demand for health care services. The law is expected to go into full effect next year.
Hutchinson Regional Medical Center expects to treat more than 26,000 patients in its Level III Trauma Center in fiscal year 2013.
One half of the project's estimated cost will be funded through a grant from the Hutchinson Regional Medical Foundation. The remaining funds will come from Hutchinson Regional Medical Center operations. Miller said the hospital and the health care system will not incur additional debt through the project.
Construction on the project is expected to begin in the late fall, with completion in 2014.