On Monday, January 31, Munroe Regional Medical Center's Board of Directors and the Marion County Hospital District Trustees approved a $6.8 million construction project, which includes moving the medical center's Palmer/Klein Children's Express into the main campus creating a full service Children's Emergency Department. The Children's Emergency Department will be located adjacent to main Emergency Department (ED) on the first floor of the medical center.
"As Marion County's community hospital, we are proud to be providing high quality pediatric inpatient and emergency services to our community," said Steve Purves, President & CEO of Munroe Regional. "Moving forward to build a full-service Children's Emergency Department within the walls of our main campus, we will be in a better position to provide an even higher quality of care to the children in our community."
Children account for over 20,000 visits to Munroe Regional's ED and to better meet the needs of the community and expand the capabilities of pediatric emergency care at the medical center, the new Children's Emergency Department will feature:
- Nine (9) Dedicated Treatment Rooms (Children's Express currently has eight).
- Dedicated radiology services.
- Separate waiting room.
- Expanded Service Area (4,282 to 5,677 Sq Ft).
- Fellowship trained Pediatric Emergency Physicians.
Currently, Munroe Regional's Palmer/Klein Children's Express is located across the street from the medical center's main ED and is open seven days a week from noon - midnight. In fiscal year 2010, Children's Express had 13,814 visits by patients 17 and under.
In addition to the Children's Emergency Department project, this project will also include construction to develop a 20 bed observation unit adjacent to the Emergency Department. This unit will provide an area dedicated to the care and evaluation of patients currently in Medical Observation Status and will provide better utilization of inpatient beds. Construction is scheduled to begin in April 2011 and be completed by December 2012.
The medical center's Munroe Foundation has pledged to raise $2 million of the estimate $6.8 million for the Children's Emergency Department project.