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Chief nursing officer Shelly Major (far right) gives tour new traumroom during VIP receptiribbcutting ceremony for new emergency department Methodist

Chief nursing officer Shelly Major (far right) gives a tour of a new trauma room during a VIP reception and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new emergency department at Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus in Merrillville, Ind. Thursday March 7, 2013. The emergency department should be open to patients in less than two weeks. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: April 9, 2013 11:44AM



MERRILLVILLE — Methodist Hospitals officials Thursday unveiled the new, expanded $8 million emergency department at its Southlake campus, a key step as it moves toward trauma center status.

The new department will be open to patients in less than two weeks, said William G. Braman, chairman of the board of Methodist Hospitals.

“Our expectations have been completely exceeded. The new emergency department offers a warm and inviting environment and the best technology and equipment,” Braman told a standing-room-only crowd of physicians, hospital staff and local dignitaries at a VIP reception and ribbon-cutting ceremony in the main lobby of the new department.

It is the first major expansion at the hospital in close to a decade, Methodist Hospitals President and CEO Ian McFadden said.

McFadden said with the new space, the emergency department is nearly double in size at 21,000 square feet, has 23 exam rooms and two trauma rooms. He said the next phase will add 12 more beds in 12,000 square feet for a total of 37 beds over 33,000 square feet.

The new department has a lobby with a maintenance-free terrazzo floor, registration with private financial planning area and two procedure rooms for immediate care in the lobby.

In the main emergency department, all patient rooms have computers so nurses can stay in the room all the time.

“All rooms have doors, providing more privacy for patients. No more curtains,” McFadden said.

Trauma rooms are big enough that surgery can be performed in them, McFadden said.

The ambulance entrance has hazmat showers and an emergency medical technician room for quick turnaround of patient documentation.

William A. Hasse III, president of Hasse Construction Co. Inc., said 37,000 man-hours were involved in the construction process over the past year.

Merrillville Town Councilman Shawn Pettit, D-6th, said the hospital serves as an economic tool for the town.

“One thing companies look for in a town is a hospital. This is a top-notch facility,” Pettit said. “Every project you folks have done in the nine years I’ve been on the council has been exemplary.”

Victor Garcia, director of critical care/emergency services at the hospital, said Methodist will apply for an in-process trauma center designation from the state this summer, which will give it two years to get full trauma center status.

McFadden said in 2012 there were nearly 70,000 patient visits to the Southlake campus’ emergency department.



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