Significant Increases in Patient Volumes Push Project Forward
(Fargo, ND) – Sanford Medical Center Fargo started its much anticipated emergency center renovation on the downtown campus. The existing emergency center was built to handle 25,000 patients per year; last year Sanford saw nearly 55,000. That number, coupled with an eight percent increase in patient volumes since July 2010 showcased a need to start construction now.
“The increase in volumes is quite significant, especially when you look at our historic trends against that eight percent increase. That’s a big shift,” says Susan Jarvis, vice-president, Sanford Emergency Services. “We have over 100 employees and 16 physicians working in the emergency center; that’s nearly double what we had when we built the space.”
The project repurposes existing space within the facility and will be completed by summer 2012. The total cost of the renovation is $1.5 million and will be done in three phases: adding seven new exam rooms for a total of 27, expanding and moving the waiting room, and redesigning the nurses’ station.
During the first phase of construction, the existing emergency center walk-in entrance will be closed. Starting today walk-in emergency patients will enter through a temporary door on the north side of the emergency center garage. Visitors will use the south employee entrance.
Sanford continues plans for the new Fargo Medical Center along I-94 (which includes an emergency center). The current emergency center renovation is designed to meet the immediate growth in patient demand while keeping the investment to a minimum.