Erie County Medical Center is planning a $1.1 million redesign at its Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program to accommodate more patients and improve the flow.
Also known as CPEP, the program is a 24-hour regional service that treats children and adults in crisis. It operates adjacent to the medical center's emergency department, and it saw about 13,000 patients last year.
Plans call for the project, which is expected to start after state approval, to unfold in four phases to minimize construction disturbances, starting with renovations to the existing adult waiting room and registration areas to create a new reception desk from which staff can see the entrance, as well as improvements to the entrance waiting area, including a private interview area and a new exam room, according to ECMC.
The second phase consists of renovations to the adolescent waiting areas, relocation of the patient toilet room to accommodate a staff work area, creation of a separate private evaluation area, and renovation of office space for medical students.
Phases three and four will continue with more renovations that include creation of a second common area, allowing for separation of patients, if necessary.
CPEP was significantly enlarged in 2014 when ECMC and Kaleida Health consolidated their behavioiral health services on the medical center's Grider Street campus. The organizations operate under a common parent company, Great Lakes Health.