Beaumont Health officials top off $120.8 million emergency center

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published June 15, 2016

 The final steel beam of the future 125,300-square-foot emergency center is guided into place during a topping off ceremony last week at Beaumont Hospital. Crews are installing 688 tons of steel for the project.

The final steel beam of the future 125,300-square-foot emergency center is guided into place during a topping off ceremony last week at Beaumont Hospital. Crews are installing 688 tons of steel for the project.

Photo provided by Beaumont Health

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ROYAL OAK — Beaumont Health officials gathered June 8 for a topping off ceremony for the hospital’s $120.8 million emergency center, which officials plan to open next year.

“Everything is on schedule and moving along, and we’re within budget and looking to open the new addition in late spring of 2017,” said Beaumont Project Executive Art Eckert.

Eckert said the new Beaumont Hospital emergency center will include the latest technological advances, new equipment, 125 private rooms with sliding glass doors, and no more curtains.

“It is highly efficient with LED lighting and high efficiency HVAC,” he said. “All those things that could get you a (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, we’re doing.”

Maureen Bowman, Beaumont Health vice president and chief nursing officer, said other features of the state-of-the-art emergency center will include a cafe and dedicated wings for geriatrics, trauma, psychiatric health and pediatrics.

Sixteen of the private rooms will be for pediatrics, and experienced staff members with pediatric emergency medicine training will be on-site, led by board-certified, pediatric emergency specialists.

The pediatric emergency center will offer direct, immediate access to Beaumont Children’s Hospital for those who require admission. Hospital officials said more than half of the children who are admitted to Beaumont Children’s Hospital are treated initially in the Royal Oak emergency center.

“From a patient perspective, it’s really geared toward being much more patient- and family-centered, with privacy and convenience and hopefully great efficiency,” Bowman said.

The changes will support the increased volume of patients seen at the Royal Oak hospital emergency room.

“We’re one of, if not the busiest emergency department in the state,” said Dr. James Ziadeh. “And I think one of the great things about it is it is going to be a much more calming atmosphere.”

Ziadeh said there will be more space and privacy, and that level of calmness lends itself to patient- and family-centered care. He said other aspects of the building will include incorporating some natural light features and greater capacity.

“We’re also working on ways to improve our technology — technology in the sense of how do the physicians and the nurses communicate, how does the patient communicate with their care team so they can be part of the care — and that will be very exciting to be on the cutting edge of those changes,” he said.

Ziadeh said the team is working on how to make the entire process more efficient, including decreasing wait times and maintaining the status of being the only Level I trauma center in Oakland and Macomb counties.

“We have new, state-of-the-art trauma rooms ... with new, advanced technology, and it’s really there to support the increasing number of trauma patients that we are seeing both locally and regionally as a referral center,” he said.

Beaumont officials, along with a team of architects, developed the design of the new emergency center with the input of physicians, nurses, clerks, techs, security experts, environmental services staff and patients and their families.

Eckert said the existing ER eventually will be renovated and combined with the new construction and the entire project will be completed in summer 2018.

Beaumont officials said the new 125,300-square-foot emergency center will nearly double the size of the current 70,000-square-foot facility, which will remain open during construction adjacent to the construction site.

An expansion and renovation of the emergency center previously was planned in 2008, but it was delayed after the economic downturn.

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