Monday, March 23, 2015

March 27 open house set to celebrate completion of new Branson emergency department

The public is invited for a behind-the-scenes look before final phase of the ED opens to patients

After a year-and-a-half of construction, the final phase of Cox Medical Center Branson’s new emergency department is now entering completion. Before we open the newly remodeled area to patients, the public is invited to an open house event from 7-11 a.m. Friday, March 27, to help celebrate the completion of the new emergency department.

During the open house, guests will have an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at innovative new patient care areas. Hospital employees will be stationed throughout the self-guided tour to explain how the state-of-the-art project will allow Cox Branson to meet the growing need for emergency medicine in the Ozarks.

“Our vision is to be the best for those who need us and constructing the largest and most comprehensive emergency department ever in Branson is one more way we are fulfilling that vision,” said Cox Medical Center Branson President William Mahoney.

The emergency department will now consist of 26 private exam rooms, eight private clinical decision rooms, five rapid treatment rooms and two trauma rooms. The two-phase construction and renovation project began in the fall of 2013. In September 2014, the first phase of the project, which consisted solely of new construction, opened 14 private exam rooms to patients. Since that time, the former emergency department and critical care unit have been undergoing extensive renovation in order to double our space. We anticipate the new critical care unit rooms to open in late April.

Emergency Services and Critical Care Director Misty Denevan anticipates the additional patient care rooms, coupled with optimized patient flow, will decrease wait time while providing a comfortable, caring atmosphere.

“When we designed our new emergency department and critical care unit, we had one goal in mind – to create an environment where we can provide the best care for those who need us,” says Denevan.

“I’m thrilled to be able to share with the community a chance to see all of the hard work that has been going on behind the scenes to accomplish that goal and have the community celebrate with us the completion of this project.”

The open house will be a come-and-go event from 7-11 a.m. Friday, March 27. Tours will begin in the new emergency department, which is located just west of the main hospital entrance. Refreshments will be served.