TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — David Grant Medical Center is kicking off an extensive three-phase, 11-month, $7.4 million remodel of its emergency room this month, according to a release from DGMC’s public affairs office.
The work, once completed, will include new monitors, a new nurses station, new patient rooms and new trauma bays while still preserving emergency medical services during the construction period.
The improvement is expected to be great addition to David Grant and set up the hospital’s emergency room for continued growth during the next 20 years, according to Col. (Dr.) Scott Vandehoef, 60th Medical Operations Squadron emergency services flight commander, in the press release.
Construction will temporarily decrease the number of ER beds from 16 beds to nine, but the ER will continue to remain open and staffed around the clock, according to Vandehoef.
“Hospital efficiencies were put into place in 2011 in preparation for the upcoming construction effort to speed ‘door-to-floor’ patient care,” Vandehoef said in the release
Patients should expect longer waiting times for non-emergency complaints. There is also an urgent care option with local hospitals in the surrounding communities. Patients should call David Grant’s Central Appointments desk between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 423-3000 for same-day urgent appointments.
Primary care managers and clinics will also see active-duty personnel in uniform on the same day for acute complaints.
The emergency room remodelling project is expected to be completed in November.
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