Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, US, is seeking permission from the Tennessee Health Services Development Agency for a $33.5m project to renovate and expand its emergency department.
The project is expected to add 93,000ft2 of new space and includes 6,200ft2 of renovated space to accommodate 70,000 patients annually.
Methodist University Hospital chief operating officer Jamie Carter said the renovation and expansion would allow the hospital to better serve patients in Memphis.
"With this renovation and expansion, we will have better flow to allow our clinicians to deliver better quality care with greater efficiency. It will also create a more practical space for our EMS community," Carter said.
"They will be able to offload patients faster and the new design will be a much more user-friendly for patients and EMS staff with more shelter from the elements."
As a part of the project, the adjoining Doctors' building and West buildings will be demolished.
The new two-story emergency department with feature a heliport on the roof and a new ambulance entrance and parking area on the lower level.
The new centre which is expected to be built to green building design standards and add 16 patient treatment areas, bringing the total to 54.
Carter said the new space will be planned with a patient and family-centred care approach.