Tidelands Georgetown adds beds to emergency department, introduces innovative new staffing model
Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital’s emergency department is adding six new patient beds and introducing an innovative new staffing model.
Tidelands Georgetown recently opened the new beds in its emergency department as part of an ongoing $41 million hospital renovation that includes, among a variety of other improvements, a new hospital entrance and mall that opened in 2016.
By the end of the construction, the hospital’s emergency department will offer a total of 21 beds.
“The primary purpose of the hospital renovation is to help ensure we provide a positive experience for our patients and their loved ones,” said Ashley Capps, associate vice president of nursing operations at Tidelands Health. “Adding new beds to the emergency department is an important part of achieving that goal.”
The new beds were added in response to growing patient volumes, said Wendi Kobylarz, clinical director of the emergency department at Tidelands Georgetown.
The new beds should improve wait times for people seeking care.
Patients should also benefit from changes in how care is provided, Kobylarz said.
The emergency department’s new staffing model will allow patients with minor injuries and illnesses to be treated faster. These patients will be seen by a specific group of doctors and nurses.
Patients with more serious conditions will benefit, too, she said, because their clinicians will be free to focus solely on their needs.
“These changes will benefit all patients who come to our emergency department for care,” Kobylarz said. “It’s all part of our commitment to provide prompt, comprehensive treatment.”
She said patients at the hospital are already benefiting from renovations to the emergency department.
The department now features a large visitor waiting area and two large triage rooms for assessment, as well as a security desk where visitors check in and receive an ID badge to wear during their visit.
In addition, the project has included an expansion and improved configuration of space used by employee partners in the emergency department.