The Columbus Regional Health expansion of the Emergency Department (ED) has resumed after the devastating flood in the summer of 2008, which derailed Columbus Regional’s ongoing expansion plans. During the 6.5 years since the flood, patient volume has continued to grow, and the ED now treats an outstanding APV of 2,265 per exam room, and is expected to rise another 7.5% by 2020.
BSA LifeStructures worked closely with Columbus Regional’s staff of Lean Six-Sigma personnel to incorporate all the process improvement work they had undertaken in advance of the start of planning. BSA LifeStructures also led the programming and conceptual design process, working with user groups consisting of physicians, ED care givers, lean Six-Sigma personnel, facilities staff and other in-house resources
The design incorporates separate covered walk-in and ambulance patient entries, a fast-track lounge, and multiple small-group patient lounges as well as a discreet bereavement room. The design also includes a 10-bed Clinical Decision Unit proximate to the ED.