After more than a year of planning and construction, Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster opened its new emergency room this week.
The new ER is still located inside the hospital at 507 Hospital Way, but has been relocated from the main front entrance to the other end of the building. The new space, which previously housed an intensive care unit and the Three Rivers Family Medicine clinic, was added on in the 1980s and is the newest part of the building.
“This is something we’ve wanted for years to provide better patient care,” said hospital CEO Scott Graham in a press release. “Nurses and providers are thrilled to treat patients in a bigger, up-to-date ER.”
The new space includes seven large exam rooms with sliding frosted glass doors for privacy, and a central workstation for nurses and providers that offers a clear line of sight to every patient room. The new ER is also closer to the on-site helipad where LifeFlight lands to transport trauma patients, according to the press release.
The previous ER had only three small exam rooms.
“The new ER space … will do much to achieve our goal of providing consistent quality patient care,” said board Chair Mike Pruett, a Methow Valley resident.
Patient-only parking has been established with improved lighting, and directional signs are being installed throughout the hospital. There is a waiting room across the hallway from the new ER entrance, and the ER will feature some new equipment, such as gurneys, defibrillators, crash carts and a blanket/fluid warmer.