Plymouth, Ind. After more than three years in the making, Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center announced it will expand its Plymouth campus with a new, state-of-the-art emergency department.
Friday morning hospital leaders from the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center broke ground at the Plymouth campus.
The new emergency department will be twice the size, 12,000 square feet. That means it will increase capacity by more than 60 percent, have the newest technology and even more privacy for their patients. In addition, this ER will have a larger waiting area with a dedicated children's play area.
Construction is set to start no later than this summer. The project as a whole costs $9 million. During the construction period things will run as usual. Care will not be disrupted during construction.
Once the construction is done, the original space will be repurposed to support Emergency Department administration, diagnostic imaging and other hospital services.
Right now doctors say it's crowded and patients have to wait on beds in the hallways.
“It really isn't just an emergency department project, this is an entire transformation of care project, so we are really excited about it,” says Schmidt.
The project is set to finished by September of 2015.