Patient entryway unaffected as Emergency Department renovations begin

Improvements taking shape at Carle Foundation Hospital will increase entryway visibility and upgrade visitor and patient experiences.

The project aims to increase entryway visibility and decrease congestion. When complete, patients and visitors will have a separate entrance from transport medical teams, providing a safer experience.

Patients and visitors entering through the Emergency Department may experience minor disruptions on walking paths and notice construction fencing as progress continues.

“These improvements will be very visible. Visitors and patients will have new entrance points when the renovations are complete,” said Nick Crompton, executive director, Facility, Planning and Construction.

This first phase of the Emergency Department (ED) improvements beginning February 4 – expected to last three months – will not affect patient drop-off, focusing on the canopy used by ambulances to drop off patients. The second phase will last two months and update the ED entrance that welcomes patients, visitors and our transport teams into the Critical Care Unit.

Be alert to alternate parking plans during the construction, though. Security will direct visitors to overflow parking or you may request Valet Services through Security upon arrival.

The project redesigns the ED entryway, optimizing available space and patient/visitor safety. Once completed, the renovated ED entryway will provide separate ambulance and walk-in patient entrances, and the number of ambulance bays increases from four to six to meet rising demand.

Serving more than 90,000 patients annually, Carle’s Emergency Department is the region’s largest.

Patients arrive by ground and air transport from a 100-mile radius or more at times.

“Getting patients into Carle’s Level I Trauma Center quicker and easier benefits all – not just Carle Arrow Ambulance. Many of our regional partners transport people needing lifesaving treatments to this facility,” said Larry Sapp, director.

Separate entrances – one for the public and one for emergency responders – also improves privacy.

“These renovations will make our emergency care entrances more visible and will reduce congestion. We are also adding 10 flexible-treatment areas on the first floor of the hospital for outpatient hospital services including expanded care and observation,” said Lynne Barnes, chief operating officer, Carle Foundation Hospital, and senior vice president, Facilities.

Work also continues at the main hospital concourse. During this phase of construction, be alert to changing pedestrian walkways near the Orchard Street entrance.

We appreciate your flexibility and patience as these projects continue to bring even better efficiencies and amenities. Stay tuned for additional renovation updates and information.