New ER Unveiled at Memorial Hospital

By: McKenzie Martin Email
By: McKenzie Martin Email

It's one of the busiest ER’s in Colorado. Thursday, we got a sneak peak inside Memorial Hospital's new Emergency Department. The hospital held a mock drill in the new facility.

The patients are of course acting but the doctors respond exactly how they would if the patients were real. It's all to ensure that they'll be ready to treat patients when the doors open next month.

"I think the care will be improved not only because of computerized access but because the flow is improved," said Marilyn Gifford, Director of Emergency Services at Memorial Hospital.

And it will be improved care that is also due in part to a lot more space...double the size of the old ER. With 68 beds that are mostly in private exam rooms...it’s a unique design that memorial says will be more conducive to healing.

"The fact that we have individual rooms instead of curtains between everybody...it makes it so much more pleasant for everybody," Gifford said.

The new ER is also divided into five separate care units...one especially for kids, one for drug and alcohol problems, one for intensive treatment, one for minor illnesses and one for acute illnesses and injuries. It’s going to be a welcome change from the way things are now.

"We have kids sitting on cots right next to people who are intoxicated or on drugs who are cursing," Gifford said.

Memorial says this new design will also help them see patients more quickly in a safer environment.

The new ER is set to open on January 11th...and its just the first phase in a what will be a 109-million dollar expansion for the hospital.


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