ThedaCare Medical Center-Berlin is adding a new 9,000-square-foot emergency department, which will open in early 2021. Construction will begin next spring with the total cost expected to be between $7.5 million and $9.5 million.
The need for emergency services in rural markets is significant. A study in the Journal of American Medical Association demonstrates rural emergency departments have experienced more than a 50 percent increase in patient visits during last 10 years, despite a 5 percent decline in the overall U.S. rural population.
“Investing in a new emergency department will ensure the people of the Berlin area have access to needed services,” Mark Thompson, ThedaCare’s chief financial officer/chief operating officer, said in a statement. “It represents ThedaCare’s continuing commitment to providing much needed emergency care in our rural communities.”
The emergency department is designed to create a comfortable, soothing environment. The larger rooms will allow patients to have family members with them while still providing enough space for hospital staff to provide treatment.
The new department will also include a larger trauma room, a room with a bariatric lift to aid care providers in transferring disabled patients or those who have difficulty standing and a gathering room for families. The department will also provide more access to telehealth technology.
The current emergency department will be open during construction.
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