Fargo hospitals adding ED capacity as visits grow

From Inforum:

Sanford Medical Center opened seven new emergency rooms to keep up with patient volume, now more than double the capacity the center was designed to handle.

The $1.7 million expansion and renovation has resulted in a more efficient suite of 27 emergency rooms to better handle almost 60,000 patient visits a year, administrators said.

Meanwhile, over at Essentia Health, the 19-room emergency department also is experiencing an increase in visits and is planning to expand capacity.

“We’re looking to do 32 to 35” emergency rooms, said Dr. Tyler Hamilton, Essentia’s chairman of ambulatory services and physician director of emergency services.

“We’ve been talking about it for three years,” he said, adding that Essentia’s approach is gradual, “controlled growth.”

“We’re bursting at the seams,” Hamilton said.