$16 million E.R. construction project kicks off

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COLUMBIA – MU Health Care will begin renovating the emergency department next week, and it hosted a kick off ceremony Tuesday.

The $16 million will add 6,335 square feet to the emergency department to meet growing patient volumes, according to a news release. Contractors will complete the project by the end of 2018. The new E.R. will have:

  • 17 additional exam rooms
  • 10 new fast-track exam rooms
  • 1 additional triage area

Interim Chair of Emergency Medicine Matt Robinson said the project will create a better environment for patients.

“Some of the things that we’re adding is actually improving space so that we can see patients more rapidly,” he said. “Regardless of the emergency.”

In addition to the emergency room expansion, the project will add 24 new inpatient rooms for adults with medical and behavioral issues, according to the news release.

MU Health Care Chief Medical Officer Stevan Whitt said the hospital funded the project with patients in mind.

“We started planning this project back in 2014, and we’ve been planning how to pay for the budget since that time,” he said.

Whitt said the money will come out of the hospital budget. The total cost of all of the hospital renovations, including the emergency department and inpatient rooms, will be approximately $22.6 million, according to the news release.

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