Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Good Sam ER Open House Sat., Oct. 15

BrocktonPost
BROCKTON--Good Samaritan Medical Center will begin a new era of emergency care October 19 with the opening of its new, $30 million state-of-the art emergency room.
“The emergency department is the front door to the hospital, and our front door needed to be bigger and more welcoming,” said Richard Herman, chairman of emergency medicine.
“It wasn’t designed for our current high volume. The focus was not on patient privacy and comfort. Now we will be able to provide the best that emergency medicine has to offer, in a modern facility that is safe, comfortable, and convenient,” Herman added.
Good Samaritan is inviting the public to celebrate this momentous occasion.
There will be a community open house, with special guest, three-time Pro Bowler Matt Light of the New England Patriots Saturday, October 15 from Noon to 3 p.m. at the new emergency room on Pearl St.
All are welcome to come and view the brand new 32,000-square-foot space and its amenities.
The open house will include free educational sessions on infant car seat safety, breast cancer awareness, surgery, triage and medication safety.
Tours of the “Mega Heart,” an inflatable educational tool on cardiac care that visitors can walk through, will also be offered.
Staff will also give Halloween safety tips for children and tours of an American Medical Response ambulance will also be available.
“It is so gratifying to provide our employees, physicians and EMS partners with a facility and environment that matches their talents, skills and compassion for emergency medicine,” said Good Samaritan President Jeffrey H. Liebman. “This facility puts us on the map as a premier regional medical center.
The new ER includes:
•42 private rooms, including 6 fast-track bays
•2-bay trauma room
•cardiac care room
•7-bed observation unit
•64-slice CT scanner and X-ray suite
•dedicated space for behavioral health, pediatric and gynecological patients
•isolation room for patients with infectious diseases
•decontamination unit
•private workroom for EMS providers
The current emergency room opened in 1968 with an expected annual capacity of 25,000 visits.
In the last few years, the average annual visits have more than doubled the original t 54,000 per year.
Once operational, the new emergency department will accommodate approximately 60,000 yearly visits.
The new ER has private rooms with televisions and telephones instead of curtained cubicles, and will provide enhanced confidentiality and make the facility more welcoming for family members.
Physicians, nurses and ancillary health care professionals at the hospital will also find an improved environment for delivering care because the facility was designed with an eye on workflow optimization.
“Our emergency department will be much more efficient and effective thanks to this project,” Herman said. “We already provide exceptional quality, but we will be able to do an even better job in a modern environment,” he noted.

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