Stevens Community Medical Center unveils new ER
MORRIS – Stevens Community Medical Center’s new emergency room is officially open following the completion of the final phase of a $2 million renovation project in the works since April.
“It’s state of the art and such an improvement – it’s been absolutely wonderful,” said Brenda Smith, ER nurse manager. “Privacy was huge, now we have four private bays.”
The renovation at SCMC began in April by moving some offices to make space for a new endoscopy suite on the second floor. Once the endoscopy unit was finished in mid-July, contractors began work on the new ER.
The new ER served its first patient on Friday, Nov. 8. The following Monday contractors started disassembling the original ER, which was built in 1977, to create new spaces for ultrasound and mammography services.
The new emergency room has four private rooms – one large trauma area and three exam treatment rooms – and a nursing station. One of the private rooms can also be secured to provide a safe space for patients with psychiatric needs. On average, SCMC sees about 200 ER patients every month.
The renovation also includes an enclosed ambulance bay, which will ensure that patients are not exposed to the weather. Hospital officials said that individuals coming to the ER in an emergency situation can also use the ambulance bay – the garage doors automatically open for vehicles.
The main entrance for the new ER is the clinic entrance, but there is also a secure walk-in entrance by the ambulance bay that can be used during the day if needed.
Families waiting for patients in the ER also have access to a private waiting room. To bring some color and personality to the space, the ER is decorated with photographs taken by Dr. Christopher Wanner, one of the three physicians who regularly staff the ER and Urgent Care.