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Open House Planned for New Emergency Department at
Lakeland Community Hospital, Watervliet
(WATERVLIET) – Community members are invited to tour the new, expanded Emergency Department at Lakeland Community Hospital, Watervliet, on Friday, December 14, from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. The hospital is located at 400 Medical Park Drive, just east of the downtown area off of Red Arrow Highway.

About the New Emergency Department
The new Emergency Department at Lakeland Community Hospital, Watervliet is designed to create an exceptional experience for patients – it’s a healing environment enhanced for optimum emergency care. The expansion of the Emergency Department and renovation of other areas on the first floor of the hospital encompass 6,500 square feet at a cost of $4 million.

“The new space will help our providers better meet the healthcare needs of our community with increased capacity for care as well as improving privacy, patient satisfaction, and reducing wait times,” said Ray Cruse, CEO, Lakeland Community Hospital, Watervliet.

Healthcare facility design has made great advances to improve clinical outcomes and the patient experience, and the new facility reflects those modern amenities:
  • Eleven private patient exam rooms
  • Two major trauma rooms and two triage rooms (the former facility had one of each)
  • Enhanced comfort features in all rooms, including phones, flat screen televisions, and glass doors that reduce noise
  • Upgraded patient monitors and a dedicated central nurses’ station that will monitor all rooms at once
  • Computers in every room, to access patient medical records using ConnectCare, Lakeland’s system-wide electronic health records system
  • A bedside registration process for greater efficiency and comfort
The interior design of the new Emergency Department reflects the combined input of hospital associates, potential patients, physicians, and other members of the community. Highlights include:
  • Colors inspired by the area’s landscape and personality
  • Ample natural light to add comfort and cheer
  • Artwork to promote hope and reduce stress and anxiety
  • An intake process and patient flow pattern carefully coordinated to maximize patient comfort and efficiency
Visit www.lakelandhealth.org/watervliet to learn more.

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