As Lahey Hospital and Medical Center added a handful of community hospitals to its network, it’s emergency department had grown significantly more crowded. Now, after cutting the ribbon to its $80 million emergency department on Jan. 12, the hospital’s crowded corridors and outdated facilities are soon to be a thing of the past.
The Burlington emergency department was designed 35 years ago to accommodate 17,000 patients a year, but was seeing 40,000 patients as of the most recent numbers. The 41,000-square-foot project is drastically larger than the former 12,500-square-foot space. The expansion increases the number of treatment rooms (from 22 to 28) and the number of trauma bays (from two to four). Initially envisioned as a redesign, executives eventually decided on an expansion when they realized a renovation wouldn’t address space constraints.
The space also includes eight observation rooms, three behavioral health rooms, two diagnostic radiology rooms, and two new CT scanners – none of which were available in the former ER. The new ER also will feature an in-house pharmacy, and a “body view room” for families and loved ones to have a private space with a loved one who passes away in the ER.