Redlands Community Hospital renovation will add surgical center, expand emergency department

When construction is finished in August 2019, Redlands Community Hospital is going to be able to better serve patients visiting the ER and those in need of surgery.

As part of this massive renovation project, the hospital is more than doubling the size of its emergency department, from 8,000 to 20,000 square feet, and building an 8,700 square foot surgery center with four operating rooms, including a suite for doctors to treat neurological and vascular conditions. 

The expanded emergency department will have a different layout, adding more beds and waiting rooms for patients. Redlands Community Hospital says there will be an eight-bed fast track area; 12-bed pod for moderately ill or injured patients; a 12-bed pod with two critical-care rooms; five rapid medical evaluation/triage stations; and more nursing stations and offices.

Now, there is one large waiting room, but the expanded emergency department will have smaller waiting rooms that are closer to exam areas. Patients who have undergone lab tests and are waiting for the results will also have a special area where they can sit, freeing up beds and exam rooms. 

The construction began on January 15, and the hospital’s main entrance has been temporarily relocated to the maternity/surgery services entrance. —Catherine

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