Open House for New ED in Canton, IL

One of our affiliated hospitals. I’ll be there..

The administration, staff, and physicians of Graham Hospital are pleased to announce a public open house for the new Graham Hospital Emergency Department, according to hospital spokesman Matt Ulmer.

The new Emergency Department will be accessible for viewing and guided tours on Sunday, Nov. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Those attending the open house may gather in the Graham Hospital lobby. Small group tours will be leaving that area regularly for those who wish to see the new facility up close. Refreshments will be provided, and those in attendance may enter a drawing for door prizes.

The new facility was designed to streamline patient flow, and it includes a total of 10 patient rooms plus a procedure room. Some of the rooms are designed to accommodate more than one patient should the need arise. All of the new patient rooms are outfitted for general treatment, but there are rooms specially equipped for certain cases. There is a trauma bay that can accommodate two patients. There are two cardiac rooms and two isolation rooms. There is one obstetrics/gynecology examination room with a private shower, and there is the procedure room. Each patient room is equipped with a TV for the comfort of the patient and family.
The new Emergency Department boasts several other enhancements over the former emergency facility. The new construction is over 12,000 square feet while the old space was roughly 5,600 square feet. The increased square footage has made it possible to triple the storage space in comparison to the old facility. The offices of the medical director and Graham Hospital Emergency Department director are located within the new Emergency Department rather than removed from it as was the case in the old space.

The total cost of construction was around $5.2 million, and that cost is being paid through donations and prior year funds set aside for building improvements.

The new space was also constructed with increased security and safety in mind. All doors within the new Emergency Department are locked at all times and require special access to enter. Additionally, surveillance cameras will monitor the entrances and waiting area.

Ambulances will make use of a separate entrance to the facility as opposed to walk-ins. A decontamination bay with a shower and drainage tank has been built just off the new ambulance bay to accommodate chemical and bioterrorism exposures. Each of these factors will enhance the security and safety of patients, family, and care providers alike.