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KU Hospital expands emergency department

February 21, 2009

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Kansas University Hospital has finished a $1 million project that expanded its Emergency Department by 2,500 square feet.

The project added eight new private rooms, so the hospital now has 28 private treatment and diagnostic rooms with additional rooms dedicated to the Level 1 Trauma program and psychiatric evaluation.

Tammy Peterman, executive vice president, said the goal is to get more patients out of the waiting room and into appropriate care more quickly.

In fiscal year 2008, the emergency department had 43,392 visits, up 5 percent from the previous year.

“The new rooms are just one part of a hospitalwide program to improve access through our emergency department,” Peterman said. “We have created more sophisticated bed planning to get patients admitted more quickly, freeing up emergency beds.”

The rooms were built in unused space set aside for expansion when the Emergency Department moved to the Center for Advanced Heart Care in 2006.

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