Akron Children’s Hospital has added a new emergency room (ER) at its Mahoning Valley’s Beeghly Campus in the US state of Ohio, reported Tribune Chronicle.

The construction work took around 18 months to complete, raising ER capacity from 9,600ft² to 34,700ft².

The project, which was funded by the community and donors, entailed an investment of around $31m.  

Six additional treatment rooms have been added to the new emergency room, bringing the total to 23. This includes three treatment rooms for behavioural health requirements.

The rooms have garage door-like panels, behind which is needed equipment. When not in use, a door in front can be closed and locked which will make them safe from being tampered with.

ACH’s Mahoning Valley Enterprises vice president Paul Oliver was quoted by the publication as saying: “This expanded emergency department is an investment in the Mahoning Valley community and builds on Akron Children’s commitment to bring care closer to home.

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“The generosity of our donors, as well as the input from our patient families, employees and construction professionals ensure the infants, children and teens in this area have the access to care they deserve.”

Oliver said that another crucial aspect of the new ER is that it can be adapted to serve as a full isolation unit in the event of another pandemic.

The new ER will also have two isolation rooms for those with infectious diseases, two rooms for resuscitation purposes and two triage rooms.

In addition, the facility will provide radiology services with lower doses of radiation, full imaging services and easier access to ACH’s transport helicopter.

The hospital said that during peak season, nursing stations built next to the new ER room will be used to treat 200 patients per day. The new Beeghly Campus ER is slated to open on 19 of April.