Good Samaritan unveils newer ER
When the doors of the new emergency room at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton open Wednesday, the acute-care facility will be able to provide emergency care on a level with Boston hospitals, said Good Samaritan’s president, Jeffrey H. Liebman.
He said that after the $30 million expansion of the hospital’s ER, someone told him that “you’ve brought a Boston hospital to the South Shore.’’
The 32,000-square-foot space is more than double the size of the old ER, which had 12,000 square feet. Brand new are a two-bay trauma room; a cardiac-care room; a 64-slice CT scanner and X-ray suite; and 42 private rooms, including six fast-track bays. The private treatment rooms, with TVs and phones, do away with the old curtained cubicles, officials said, providing more confidentiality for patients and family members.
The new ER also has dedicated space for behavioral health, pediatric, and gynecological patients; an infectious disease isolation room; a decontamination unit; and a private work area for EMS providers.
Richard Herman, chairman of emergency medicine at the hospital, said the new ER was long needed because “the emergency department is the front door to the hospital, and our front door needed to be bigger and more welcoming.’’
The old ER opened in 1968 with an expected annual capacity of 25,000 visits. Over the last few years, that number has been 54,000. The new ER can accommodate about 60,000 visits a year, Herman said.
Good Samaritan is part of the Steward Health Care system and serves Brockton and 22 neighboring communities.
“The old ER wasn’t designed for our current high volume,’’ Herman said. “The focus was not on patient privacy and comfort. This is the kind of ER our community deserves.’’
Doctors, nurses, and ancillary health-care professionals will also find an improved environment, he said.
“The nursing staff is very excited about working in the new emergency department,’’ said Laura Raymond, registered nurse and patient-care director of the ER. “It’s a more aesthetically pleasing facility and gives us the space to do our work.’’
In another nod to aesthetics, Good Samaritan is collaborating with the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, which is creating a sculpture for the hospital to be installed near the children’s waiting area in the ER later this year, and with the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, which is lending the hospital art pieces annually for five years. The first is a work by Brockton artist Winston Breedy.
“That allows us to work with our neighbors, support the local economy and provide beautiful artwork that will lend its own healing touch to our patients,’’ said Monique Aleman, the hospital’s vice president of mission, community partnership, and communication.
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