Archive for Tuesday, February 26, 2008

LMH dedicates new emergency center

Simons Center for Emergency Medicine features 26 private rooms for patients, 2 trauma rooms

Dr. Scott Robinson, center, medical director of Lawrence Memorial Hospital's emergency department, gives a tour of the new Simons Center for Emergency Medicine to David Ambler, left, and Roger Morningstar. The center, which was dedicated Tuesday, features 26 patient rooms and two resuscitation/trauma rooms.

Dr. Scott Robinson, center, medical director of Lawrence Memorial Hospital's emergency department, gives a tour of the new Simons Center for Emergency Medicine to David Ambler, left, and Roger Morningstar. The center, which was dedicated Tuesday, features 26 patient rooms and two resuscitation/trauma rooms.

February 26, 2008


New LMH center unveiled

After nearly 10 years of planning and countless hours of construction, Lawrence Memorial Hospital unveils its new Emergency Medicine Center. Enlarge video

Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Tuesday opened the doors to the new Simons Center for Emergency Medicine, the bright new addition that is part of a $50 million hospital expansion.

"It's a dream we've had for a number of years," Dr. Scott Robinson, emergency department medical director, said as he stood in the new 28,000-square-foot center.

The hospital conducted a ribbon cutting and open house for the department, which opens for patients March 6.

The new space addresses the needs of a growing emergency department, hospital leaders said. Emergency visits to LMH increased 19 percent between 2002 and 2007, when the department saw 33,671 patients.

"We've gotten busier and busier in our current emergency department," Robinson said. "We needed to expand not only to handle the increased volume, but to address such concerns as safety and privacy. We've done all of those things in this new 26-room, state-of-the-art emergency department."

The new space is roughly 8,000 square feet larger than the department it replaces. It includes 26 private patient rooms, two trauma rooms, and three nursing stations.

Dr. Brian Hunt, emergency physician, said the area improves patient comfort and privacy.

"Now every single patient has one room dedicated to them," Hunt said. "From an infectious disease point of view, that's an improved scenario. For patient confidentiality, it's an improved scenario. The patients are going to be a lot happier."

LMH President and CEO Gene Meyer said the addition cost an estimated $8 million to $9 million, including equipment. He said the Dolph Simons Jr. family, owners of The World Company and publisher of the Journal-World, contributed $1 million to the hospital expansion project.

"Their tremendous gift really qualified for a department to be named after them, and they chose the emergency department because it touched more of the community than probably any other area," said Meyer, who recognized the Simons family during the ceremony.

The hospital's growth spurt will continue. The ER sits on the first floor of a three-story, 80,000-square-foot east tower. An expanded intensive care cardiac center will occupy the second floor, with a third-floor maternity unit above it. New surgical facilities will be housed in the renovated site of the old emergency department.

"More great things to come," Meyer said.


misseve 9 years, 9 months ago

I hope the service in the ER is upgraded...

I took my son there several months ago because he was having lots of abdominal pain, and they gave him an IV something for the pain and we were there for hours with not much more than that. They told us when he was released that if it got worse go see his primary dr. So the next day we did and HE told us to go back to ER with a list of things to do... Well this time my son got no IV, no pain meds and was ignored for HOURS so HE (who was 17 at the time) said F this im out of here.... I was pissed and we ended back at the Drs office. My son is better but not because they helped him...

stuckinthemiddle 9 years, 9 months ago

I doubt that there is an ER in the world that doesn't slip on it's service from time to time... My experiences at the LMH ER have been excellent, which includes a couple of visits for myself, including a heart attack and a number of visits with my kids, ranging from broken bones, dog bites and a couple more serious illnesses... For certain... the more critical the condition the quicker you are processed and seen by a doctor... That's the nature of all ERs...

I can't say that I'm looking forward to going to the new LMH ER, but if they maintain the same quality service that they've provided in the past I certainly won't hesitate to go if the need arises:

Sharon Aikins 9 years, 9 months ago

My son was taken by ambulance to the emergency room many times over the years and I can only say he received the best of treatment. I've been there with others over that time and had to wait longer periods for treatement. A lot of that wait involves the results of lab tests, xrays and observation. If it's not a critical emergency, you do have to wait longer but if you needed help instantly, wouldn't you want others to wait while that was being cared for? A friend in Canda, who was gravely ill, went and waited over eight hours, feeling not only his own pain but that of an infant who screamed the whole time he was there but had to wait as well. And this was before even being seen. Nothing's perfect.

Alia Ahmed 9 years, 9 months ago

I've worked in and with the emergency department at LMH in the past as my role as a social worker as well as other positions I've held at LMH and in the community. I've found the staff there to be professional and dedicated to providing good service.

There are always going to be negative anectdotal stories about any organization (you can also read such comments about KUMC, Bert Nash, LJW, KC Star, Lawrence public schools, KU, city of Lawrence, etc, etc, etc. on a nearly daily basis in the comments sections of LJW and the Star) such as stated in the first comment. My guess is the patient wasn't all that sick if he could say swear like a sailor and walk out the door.
Emergency departments do have a triage system (triage means to sort) where they treat the most acute patients first. Once a person has been triaged and seen, the nurses and physicians (many of the physicians are board certified in emergency medicine and the nurses are certified trauma and/or emergency nurses) take a thorough history, consult with primary physicians and order lab tests or xrays. Those technicians in the lab and xray not only are at the beck and call of the emergency department, but the entire hospital, including some critically ill in-patients. These procedures take time. Rather than base an opinion on a few anectdotal cases told by someone from their own individual perspective, the question is how long is the average wait time in the LMH emergency department versus other emergency departments that treat 30,000 + patients a year? There are other standards of care that are benchmarked by emergency departments that can be compared. When we have a loved one who is ill or in pain, it is natural for us to want someone to fix it right away without looking at the bigger picture, how many other patients are in the emergency department, what are their conditions, is the condition my loved one is being treated for difficult to diagnose? Some physical complaints, such as abdominal pain, are difficult to diagnose because it can be caused by a number of conditions and it often goes away on its own. Sometimes things just need to run their course. Medical professionals use the best technology available but many times they serve as a medical detective digging for evidence to support one disorder or condition over another rather than relying on pure science alone.
As someone who used to work there, I'm grateful for the professionals I saw in action day and night, 24 hours a day. I'm also grateful that they now have a state of art facility to make it easier for them to do the good work they do. I know if I have an emergency, please take me to LMH for treatment. I feel assured that I'll get the best care possible. If I need to be transferred to another facility for treatment or a procedure not available at LMH, I also know they will promptly facilitate that transfer.

KSChick1 9 years, 9 months ago

You know, Dr. Robinson physically (medically) helped my child in his capacity at the LMH Wound Healing Center, but I am not happy with him. My child was bitten by a dog severely while away from home. His dog had bitten someone and he went to the city manager to try to change the law/codes whatever in Lawrence so he would not have to quarantine his dog. When we needed an advocate because of what my child was suffering through from the dog bite, he could not do it. He was not on "our side" and had no sympathy/empathy for what was going on related to the dog bite. I was not happy although medically, my child received excellent treatment, but that was not enough for the situation. We needed more support from him and didn't get it.

mommaof3 9 years, 9 months ago

I think that it was a waiste of money, yes the hospital needed it, but what they really need to be spending money on is on the doctors. i took my 2 year old in there and they tried to tell me he had hep A. well a week later my doctor finally told us they were wrong he had a stomach virus. the stuff they did to my son use unbelievable for a 2 year old, it's very scary for a mother not to mention the child. and for them just last week when i went to not even ask me what i'm alergic to and then try and give it to me thank god I ask what they were giving me. instead of improving on the building they need to first improve on there staff

Marty_McFly 9 years, 9 months ago

...longtime reader of ljw forums, first time poster...

After touring LMH Emergency yesterday, I came away very impressed. The design and detail was perfect.

sidenote: I can't make any other comments until I hear our "resident architect" Cool. I'm sure he'll be negative about this since it's not green, or spot zoning, or too cold, or tif related, or no you tube links..................

akt2 9 years, 9 months ago

If you have ever seen them call a code blue, or have ever had a relative arrive by ambulance as a code blue, you would be more apt to appreciate and respect what they can do. It is in the community's best interest to have this state of the art facility. They save lives. That is their purpose.

shorttrees 9 years, 9 months ago

I ttok my one month old son into the ER with projectile vomiting and after 4 plus hours they told me it was an ear infection, sent us to get an antibiotic at Walgreens and go home. Luckily our family doc was on the ball and scheduled an ultrasound for first thing the next morning and he was into surgery for a major problem by noon. No Thanks to the ER staff.

Kristen Murphy 9 years, 9 months ago

We were just there last Wednesday w/my 18 month old - first time with stitches. We had quick care. It helped that my son was flirting mad w/the nurses, but I can't complain. The last time I was at LMH for an emergency - I was 6 so I can't remember that far back. I will say it was very small, but hopefully this will be better!

misseve 9 years, 9 months ago

The thing with my son was not my first time dealing with the ER at LMH. I am sure there are lots of good with the bad but my experiences with them have been all bad, awful to be exact. Anyway, the only time I use LMH is for emergancies, other than that i go to OPRMC or Shawnee Mission Medical.

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