Franciscan St. Margaret Health – Dyer hospital located in Dyer, north-west Indiana, has undertaken a $10.2m renovation project to expand the capabilities of its emergency, laboratory and surgical departments.

The project, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014, is expected to meet the needs of the growing population of south Lake County and help achieve growth in emergency services and surgical services for the hospital.

Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital executive vice president and COO John Mentgen said that the goal of the project is to expand a comprehensive emergency centre of excellence.

"We will remodel and expand the current surgical space, remodel and improve the surgical preadmission space and expand and improve the central sterile processing department for surgery, as well as improve the main corridor and flow to the emergency department on the main level," Mentgen added.

The emergency department will undergo a 3,500ft² addition. Existing space will be renovated and specialised patient exam rooms will be designed.

"We will remodel and expand the current surgical space, remodel and improve the surgical preadmission space and expand and improve the central sterile processing department for surgery, as well as improve the main corridor and flow to the emergency department on the main level."

The department will include a new five-bed observation unit and a new trauma room that will double the size of the current one.

It will also have a private behavioural health suite and a new isolation room for infectious patients.

Additionally, it will receive new monitors, an improved nurses’ station and a nurse call and tracking system to improve communication.

Construction will be done in phases, and everything will remain open during completion, Dan Ratko, hospital project manager of construction, added.

According to the hospital, the laboratory department improvements will help optimise efficiencies to make processes faster.

The surgery department improvements will also include a new 760ft² advanced surgical suite, new preadmission testing space, physician locker room upgrades and expansion of the sterilisation process for surgical instruments.

Franciscan St. Margaret Health, which is one of the largest acute-care hospitals in the north-west Indiana region, believes the renovation will help it optmise its capabilities and deliver better patient outcomes.