OSWEGO, NY – To celebrate Oswego Hospital’s complete renovation of its emergency room, the region’s gateway for the treatment of serious illness and injuries, the healthcare facility held a brief ribbon cutting ceremony today (Dec. 22).
The hospital’s new state-of-the-art emergency room provides the region with the latest technology for the treatment of illnesses and injuries in attractive patient comfortable areas.
Oswego Hospital’s new ER has undergone 18 months of construction that now completed offers:
A large welcoming and comfortable waiting room, staffed 24-hours a day with a customer care representative
Seventeen treatment rooms, six more than the former ER
Twelve private 12 rooms, with most having their own flat screen television
A central cardiac care monitoring system, where physicians and nurses can monitor each patient’s vital signs and cardiac rhythm, as well as see the individual patients in their rooms.
Two spacious critical care rooms that feature specialized equipment situated on booms to improve efficiency. The booms can be positioned to best meet the care needs of the patient.
A five-bed sub-acute area for the treatment of nonlife-threatening injuries or illnesses
A pneumatic tube system that quickly sends samples to the third floor laboratory eliminating the need for them to be hand delivered
Just down the hall from the ER is the hospital’s medical imaging department, which features a new digital radiology room for general patient images and new bone density screening equipment, as well as a 64-slice CT, as well as a high field, large opening MRI, the only one of its kind in the area.
There are separate walk-in and ambulance entrances
The project is being funded in part by a $14.4 million federal HEAL (Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law of New York State) grant, as well as other funding sources including a $3 million HUD-Insurance loan.
The total project cost is $18 million. This includes ER construction costs and the other areas that were built/improved.
The ER ground breaking ceremony was held Aug. 17, 2009.
- A new large, attractive main lobby with an adjacent registration area, and snack bar, which is operated by the Oswego Hospital Auxiliary.
- A new clinical laboratory and Intermediate Care Unit were open in March 2010 on the hospital’s third floor.
- New physician’s lounge and office of the Vice President for Medical Affairs, located off the main lobby.
Oswego Hospital offers the only emergency room in Oswego County.
The larger and more patient comfortable department features 17 patient rooms, most of which are private and all have the latest technology. A central cardiac care monitoring system will allow physicians and nurses to monitor each patient’s vital signs and cardiac rhythm, as well as see the individual patients in their rooms.
For patients that arrive with serious injuries, two spacious critical care rooms have been built with specialized equipment situated on booms to improve efficiency. The booms can be positioned to best meet the care needs of the patient.
In addition, the department will also house a sub acute area, where those with minor illnesses and injuries will be treated.
“The emergency room is the department used most by the public and we have strived to make it as comfortable and patient friendly as possible. Along with the private rooms, the waiting area is large and welcoming. Our customer care representatives will be on hand in the waiting area 24-hours a day to ensure patients and their families are kept informed on the care that is being provided to their family membe,” said Ann C. Gilpin, Oswego Health President and CEO.
Oswego Hospital Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Nancy Deavers said she was pleased to provide the community with a state-of-the art facility.
“The physicians, nurses and I are very excited to provide the community with this completely renovated department,” Deavers said. “We have built the largest and most advanced emergency room in the area. Community members who come here to be treated will find an exceptional and compassionate staff that has the latest technology available.”
The New ER is just a portion of the $18 million hospital project.
Just as the ER work nears completion, the adjacent medical imaging department is undergoing its own transformation and work is expected to be finished in March.
Already in place in the imaging department is a new digital radiology room for general patient images and new bone density screening equipment.
These pieces of technology complement the hospital’s 64-slice CT, and an MRI with a large opening, the only one of its kind in the area.
As construction work was being done in the ER and medical imaging departments, other areas of the project were finished.
An attractive and spacious new main hospital lobby along with a new laboratory and six-bed intermediate care unit were opened earlier this year.
The Oswego Healthcare System includes Oswego Hospital, The Manor at Seneca Hill, a skilled nursing facility; Springside at Seneca Hill, a retirement living community; an urgent care center in Fulton, as well as health services centers in Mexico, Parish and Phoenix.
For more information, call (315) 349-5500 or visit oswegohealth.org