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Kenmore Mercy ready to open new emergency department

The Catholic Health System is just about finished with the fourth – and last – overhaul of its hospitals’ emergency departments.

Kenmore Mercy’s new 24,000-square-foot unit is expected to begin receiving patients Wednesday morning. A dedication was held Thursday, but those interested in having a look around can attend an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Ground was broken in March 2012 for the $15 million addition built on the south end of the Elmwood Avenue hospital near Westchester Boulevard. The project follows improvements in recent years at Catholic Health’s St. Joseph, Mercy and Sisters hospitals in an eight-year, $65 million initiative. The department will utilize a triage system called SuperTrack to provide more efficient care by separating patients with serious conditions from those with relatively minor complaints, said Dr. Raquel Martin, medical director of the emergency department.

Other features include 23 private treatment rooms, a radiology suite for CT scans and X-rays, a seclusion room for patients with psychiatric problems who need close monitoring, a bariatric room to accommodate larger patients and a decontamination room.

Two resuscitation rooms are connected by a middle storage area where all the equipment for life-saving procedures will be more easily accessible.

“This is a new concept for us because currently we have to go all over the department to get what we need,” said Heather Telford, director of nursing.

The former emergency room, which is about half the size of the new one, will ultimately be transformed into an ambulatory surgery unit, said James M. Millard, hospital president and chief executive officer.

Meanwhile, a 15,000-square-foot inpatient orthopedic unit on the second floor above the new emergency department is scheduled to open in mid- to late September, he said.

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