7/24/2014 10:46:00 AM Emergency Department new and improved
by Mike Dalton
The clinic and hospital aren't the only improvements at the new Mayo Clinic Health System of Cannon Falls. The Emergency Department is also vastly different.
The ED now has its own reception and waiting area, unlike in the old facility where there was no dedicated waiting room or entrance. The ED reception desk will be staffed twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and will has have dedicated medical staff available at all times.
Two critical care areas will be utilized, each with identical equipment. There are also three additional treatment rooms, with one customized to handle mental health patients.
That differs from the current set-up of one critical care room, and two exam rooms converted to ED rooms. The working area for providers is also bigger.
Anyone transported via ambulance will also see an improved loading/unloading area. The current ED is accessed through an alleyway; the new facility has an enclosed ambulance garage that leads directly to the critical care bays. There is also a helipad on-site, as opposed to three blocks away. A lighted sidewalk leads from the helipad to the ED.
"Last month we had 276 visits to our emergency department, and our ED volume has grown 7-9% each year for the past two years," said Bill Priest, operations administrator.
CEO Dr. Tom Witt noted that patients will be greater served when they seek emergency services. "Additional privacy and space with five treatment rooms, a lounge and meditation room nearby will provide an improved experience for both patients and family members," he said.
The emergency department is located on the east side of the new medical facility. There is a parking lot adjacent to the ED reception area.