August 11, 2003
New Emergency Department Opens
August 11, 2003—Reston, Virginia—The first patient admitted to Reston Hospital Center’s new Emergency Department (ED) was wheeled into Room 10 just after 7 this morning. She was one of the final two patients to be cared for in the original ED. One more patient would be transported from Room 6 of the old ED once diagnostic testing was complete.
The space would not be used for patient care again until it is transformed into new Radiology quarters in future renovation.
Meanwhile, outside the new facility, plastic sheeting was removed and the bright red Emergency and Ambulance signs lighted above the new entrances, cutting through an overcast sky. Simultaneously, engineering staff decommissioned temporary emergency signs that routed patients through the hospital’s main entrance for more than a year.
This morning’s opening was the pinnacle to weeks of preparation. Over the weekend, hospital staff and administrators, vendors and construction crews added the finishing touches to the new 18,600 square foot ED facility.
The final crescendo of activity took place between 5 and 7 a.m. today, as lists were double-checked, supplies stocked, and new computers booted in preparation for going live.
“We’ve been preparing for this transition for months,” notes Cindy Glover, RN, vice president and chief nursing officer for Reston Hospital Center. “This day is very exciting and rewarding for the staff who have worked so hard to make it happen. And as great as it us for us, it’s even more significant for the patients who come to us for emergency care.”
The expanded Emergency Department is a major milestone in Reston Hospital Center’s $100 million expansion project. The ED expands from 15 exam rooms in the old ED to more than 30. In addition to more space, the new facility will feature state-of-the-art monitoring systems, computerized bedside registration, an area dedicated to the care of pediatric patients, and much more.
The ED opening is a significant landmark in RHC’s expansion project. In January 2002, the Endoscopy Unit, the first project to be completed as part of the overall expansion, opened just as ground was being broken for a five-story hospital addition, The West Wing. This patient tower will feature a new Maternity Center, 60 additional licensed beds for patient care units, community education classrooms and administrative offices, and is slated for completion in the first quarter of 2004.
Additionally, a 1,050-space parking garage will open to the community in September. Construction of a new medical office building, Parkway Medical Tower, will be finished in early 2004, with renovations to the current hospital facility to continue throughout the year.
When Reston Hospital Center’s expansion project is complete, the facility will feature 187 beds in private rooms. This is the first major expansion the 127-bed hospital has undergone since it first opened in November 1986.