by John R. Fischer
, Senior Reporter | February 02, 2023
After three years of renovations, Nebraska's Omaha Methodist Hospital has doubled the size of its emergency department for $26.7 million, adding new spaces to care for different patients, starting early next month.
Initially 11,500 square feet, the department is now 22,000 square feet and has also doubled the number of rooms it has to 24. The new spaces include a larger, state-of-the-art resuscitation and trauma room, two rooms for mental health crisis patients, three for larger patients and another for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking.
The renovations began just months before the onset of COVID-19, in response to growing demands for different care needs, with the number of patients in the ER at Methodist increasing 8% over the past five years, according to Dr. Joseph McCaslin, the emergency department’s medical director.
“Patients are more comfortable, so we’re more comfortable,” he told the Omaha World-Herald
The Methodist Hospital Foundation managed the funding for the renovations, which were mainly financed by donors within the community. Construction was completed in six phases to keep the ER open.
Doubling the size of the ER provides more space for patients arriving by private vehicle or ambulance. This includes a new ambulance bay and a separate door that bypasses the new lobby. The ambulance bay is large enough whereby the doors can be closed when the ambulance is inside.