March 29, 2012
Road closures and demolition mark the beginning of construction on a new three-story emergency department (ED) annex on the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus. The $40 million project includes relocating and adding beds to the emergency department, establishing a patient observation unit, creating a dedicated pediatric emergency and inpatient unit, and renovating space for a new psychiatric evaluation services unit.
Beginning Sunday, April 1, 2012:
Vision for the New ED
When the project is complete in 2014, the ED will have expanded from 40 to 48 beds, doubled its ambulance bays from four to eight, and have its home in a 53,970-square-foot building. The existing 13,680-square-foot ED space will be renovated into six psychiatric evaluation areas as well as improved trauma and critical care spaces.
The roof of the building will be an environmentally friendly “green” roof covered with live plants. This feature will decrease energy use and help contain water runoff.
The first floor of the building will house the new ED, and the second floor will add 13 private adult observation and holding rooms. A combined pediatric inpatient, emergency and observation unit will be on the third floor and consist of five private inpatient rooms, four private observation spaces with bathrooms, and five ED treatment spaces, all dedicated to pediatric patients.
The expansion of the ED and its related services is designed to improve the efficiency of patient care, both for adult and pediatric patients and expand access for both. According to Ed Bessman, M.D., chair of emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview, “Our goal is to get patients the care they need sooner. By expanding our facilities and adding ambulance bays, we’ll have the space and processes in place to care for more patients and increase throughput. When the project is finished, we expect to have improved patient access and decreased patient wait times, which will make for a better overall patient experience.”