Emergency Department Showcases First Wave of Renovation

January 12, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Phase 1 of The University of Kansas Hospital's Emergency Department expansion opened last month, providing 14 more exam bays and an expanded waiting room.

The changes are aimed at reducing wait times in one of the area's busiest EDs. Before the expansion, the ED operated with 29 beds, frequently reaching maximum capacity.

"Gaining these 14 beds will allow us to be more efficient and see the volume of patients faster, and it will improve overall patient satisfaction," said Adam Olberding, RN, director of nursing emergency services.

The full renovation is expected to be completed this spring. Phase 2 will update the physician workroom and enhance the center core area, improving staff sightlines for better views of all exam bays.

The final phase will feature two more exam rooms, a new front waiting area and a redesign of the patient liaison services area.

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