“This Emergency Department is functioning even better than first envisioned as we planned it!
That assessment by Dr. Jeff Cameron comes as the Union Hospital Lauren Emergency Center celebrates its first full year of operation on Friday, March 17.
“It’s been a huge improvement in every way imaginable.” Cameron added, referencing the previous Emergency Department facility, a place he treated emergency patients for 20 years.”
As the medical director of the Emergency Department, Dr. Cameron was a member of the team of physicians and nurses who helped plan and design the new Emergency Center which has served nearly 47,000 patients since it opened one year ago. “Everybody tells me how impressed they are with the spacious and comfortable rooms. Patients and families have a positive experience,” Cameron said.
The hospital in Dover completed the two-story Emergency Center addition to the hospital in 2016 at a cost of $14 million for construction and $3.7 million invested in new medical equipment. The Lauren name was attached to the project as the result of a $1 million dollar donation to the hospital by Lauren International of New Philadelphia.
Cameron says the new Emergency Center is focused around patient care “pods” with patient care staff based in each pod and a portion of the patients in the ER assigned to them. “The staff enjoy working in the great new building and the team approach to patient care we use in each of the pods,” Cameron said.
Katie Robinson, Nurse Manager of Emergency Services, says the transition from the old ER to the new Emergency Center was a challenge for staff, but now after a year they feel right at home. “Our new facility serves our patients extremely well with greater comfort and privacy, room for families to be with their patients and space in the rooms for medical equipment and caregivers.”
Both Robinson and Cameron agree, not one person has voiced the opinion, “We liked the old ER better.”
With the increasing numbers of patients coming to the Union Hospital Lauren Emergency Center over the past 12 months, Carey Gardner, Director of Community Relations says the expected growth in demand for Emergency services is taking place.
“Our former ER served us for 20 years and took us from 25,000 to 45,000 annual patient visits,” Gardner said. “Our new Emergency Center is designed to accommodate continued growth for another 20 years in the future. It’s truly a wonderful asset for this community and the people we serve in the region.”
For more information about the Union Hospital Lauren Emergency Center and all Union Hospital programs and services, visit www.unionhospital.org and see the Union Hospital Facebook page.