ETMC-Henderson emergency room grows

Longview News-Journal
Friday, February 25, 2011 - 2:22pm

HENDERSON — Expanding the emergency department at East Texas Medical Center-Henderson will allow the hospital to serve more patients more quickly, hospital officials said Thursday.

“The patient flow should improve, and the new rooms are bigger and more comfortable,” said department director and registered nurse John Montalto.

“We feel this will help people be less stressed at at time when they’re already worried and scared.”

The hospital opened seven new emergency examining rooms this past week. The old examining rooms are being remodeled, and the hospital will have a total of 12 when renovations are complete in May, Montalto said.

The new rooms also contain updated equipment, allowing for quicker diagnoses and more modern treatment, he said.

“Everything’s brand new and that helps the nurses and doctors decide treatment plans,” Montalto said. “For instance, they can view X-rays instantly on computers in the emergency department, rather than having to wait for them.”

The rooms are modular, which means that equipment and furnishings can be moved into any configuration, depending on the specific problems a patient is dealing with and the actions medical personnel need to take, he said. Within the next week, a new entrance will allow ambulances to bring patients directly to the expanded emergency department.

Judy Sowell, executive director of the Henderson Area Chamber of Commerce, said the expanded emergency department should be an asset in persuading businesses and people to relocate to Henderson.

“Two of the main things people look at when considering a move are the hospitals and the schools,” Sowell said. “We’ve always had good medical services here, but now the facilities will more accurately reflect the quality of care offered inside.”

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