Maine Medical Center Celebrates Completion Of Expanded Emergency Department
Construction at the state's largest - and busiest - emergency department is complete and the fully-expanded unit is scheduled to be open Thursday.
Work to double the 24,500 square-foot Emergency Department at Maine Medical Center (MMC) began last year, the final phase of a larger facilities project which saw the construction of a helipad, central utility plant, parking garage on Congress Street, and the medical center's East Tower, home of women and infant services. The existing Emergency Department was renovated and expanded into the East Tower's basement level. With the expansion, the footprint has increased to approximately 49,000 square-feet.
The expansion project includes separate waiting and examination rooms for adults and children, easier patient access, a floor plan that improves patient flow, more (and larger) examination rooms, a designated disaster response area, complete with a decontamination unit, specialized Emergency psychiatry space, and a new clinical observation unit for patients who are not yet ready to go home but are not ill enough to be admitted.
MMC's Emergency Department treats approximately 170 patients each day. The unit receives an average of 53 inbound ambulances each day, up 6 percent from 2008.
"As the numbers of patients presenting themselves at our Emergency Department continues to climb, the expanded space helps us better manage the volume and the variety of patient care needs," says Michael Gibbs, MD, MMC's Chief of Emergency Medicine. "For example, a separate pediatric section greatly helps ease a child's anxiety, which impacts our ability to provide care. The new layout also provides an opportunity to quickly and easily separate patients who might be contagious. All in all, this helps us respond more quickly and effectively to the needs of our patients."
Maine Medical Center (MMC) is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1864, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing more than 6,000 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in southern, central, and western Maine.
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