Medical Center of Southeast Oklahoma is inviting city leaders to see its expanded and renovated Emergency Department.
The hospital has completed a year-long renovation to its emergency room, which is now triple its original size to more than 18,000 square feet. An opening ceremony is set for 5 p.m. today.
The emergency room has been operational since February, said Marketing Director Teresa Townsend. “It’s all fully functional now.”
The new addition provides a large patient drop-off canopy for access to the outpatient and ED waiting rooms. There is a large outpatient waiting room with three new admitting rooms. The Emergency Department has its own waiting room with a security desk, public restrooms and vending area. Directly adjacent to waiting room are two triage rooms that will provide quick access by patients and surveillance of the waiting room. The Ambulance Canopy has direct access to two large trauma rooms and one large “Cardio Room.” There are a total of 20 exam rooms in which one is designed for bariatric patients, and one for eye, nose and throat services (ENT). One exam room is designated specifically for OB/GYN patients, and three exam rooms are dedicated to pediatric use. There is a decontamination room with an adjacent isolation room for quick access when needed. The exam rooms are designed around a central nurse station with code-required support spaces such as a Nourishment Room, Medication Room, Clean Supply, Doctor Dictation area, and a physician’s On-Call Room. Townsend said the Tuesday ceremony marks just one part of a step by step renovation of numerous parts of MCSO. On Aug. 1, MCSO plans to start renovation on its Women’s Center, which was built 10 years ago.
Upper floor nurse stations will also undergo renovations soon, to go along with recently renovated patient rooms.
“We’re going step by step, department by department,” Townsend said. “It’s ongoing.”