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Board Approves Emergency Department Renovations

The Board of Directors at Memorial Health Care System (MHCS) recently approved renovations to the Emergency Department at Memorial Hospital. The renovations will take place in existing space at the hospital, with no additional building. In 2008, Memorial Hospital's Emergency Department experienced an all-time high with approximately 20,000 visits.

According to MHCS Chief Executive Officer John Yanes, "Once completed, the Emergency Department renovations will greatly enhance the superior care provided at the hospital."

MHCS is currently working with Perspectus, a Cleveland, Ohio based architectural firm focusing on healthcare design and medical technology integration. Perspectus has executed projects at many healthcare facilities including the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Parma Community General Hospital, Lake Hospital System and the Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Peter Bohan, the project architect from Perspectus, has extensive experience in the renovation of Emergency Departments. Some of his major projects in healthcare institutions include planning for the Cleveland Clinic's $300 million Heart Center and Southwest General Health Center's Ireland Cancer Center.

At Memorial, the Emergency Department staff and physicians are also playing an integral part in the design and planning process.

"The Emergency Department staff has provided invaluable insight," stated Yanes. "They truly understand the benefits that this project will have for our guests and the delivery of efficient care."

The renovations are planned to start in the spring of 2009 and conclude in the summer. One of the project's main goals is create a more comfortable, private environment for the hospital's guests.

Yanes concluded, "MHCS is always taking steps to ensure that its guests—patients and their families—receive the most advanced, compassionate care. This project is a visible demonstration of our common focus in placing our patients first."

Visit MHCS website frequently for updates on the ED renovation.

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