Trinity Muscatine construction re-routes emergency room entrance

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Trinity Muscatine officials are alerting area residents that the emergency room entrance has been temporarily re-routed to the main entrance door on the east side of the building effective immediately.  The change is necessary due to impending construction that will occur as part of Trinity Muscatine’s $18.5 million facilities expansion. The project encompasses the emergency, operating, laboratory and radiology departments and also includes new technology.

Trinity Muscatine officials have placed new signage on the front doors as well as changed directional signage at the entrance to the hospital campus to direct visitors to the temporary entrance.

“We know that time is of the essence when patients are facing an emergency situation.  We want to make sure residents are aware of the new change so they don’t get lost and waste precious minutes,” said Trinity Muscatine President and CEO Jim Hayes.  “Our goal is that by communicating the location of the temporary entrance, it will avoid confusion when accessing services in a crisis situation.”

Plans call for the project to be completed by 2013.  An increased demand for health care services has made the newest expansion project necessary to meet the health care needs of the community.  When the emergency room was built in 1979 the number of patients treated was 3,500 a year.  Fast forward to 2011 and just fewer than 15,000 patients were treated in the same space. By 2017, the volume of patients anticipated to be treated in the emergency room is estimated to increase to 20,000.