Lovelace Westside Hospital opened its renovated emergency department (ED) Friday, and it includes a kid-friendly area with four private exam rooms dedicated to children and their families.
“We wanted to make an area where children would feel comfortable and at ease while they were in the ED,” said Lovelace Westside Hospital CEO Farron Sneed. This new area will be for children 17 years of age and younger. The rooms will include flat-screen televisions and have the same penguin-themed murals that are in the Inpatient Pediatric Unit. There will also be a flat-screen television added to the waiting area that will have children’s programming.
While the ED has always seen pediatric patients, this is an effort to make the environment more friendly and comfortable while children are getting their care. All the physicians and nurses in the ED at Lovelace Westside Hospital are trained in pediatrics. Other renovations in the ED include new flooring and paint. The 17-bed ED renovation took three months to complete.
The new kid-friendly area complements the Inpatient Pediatric Unit that the hospital opened in May 2012. If children need inpatient care after being seen in the ED, they can easily be transferred upstairs.
“This is part of our emphasis on services for pediatric care on the Westside and in Rio Rancho,” said Rebecca Webb, M.D., Medical Director of the Pediatric Program at the hospital. “We want to have services that are close to home for people living here so they don’t have to travel across the river to get these services.”
Other renovations in the ED include new flooring and paint. The 17-bed ED renovation took three months to complete.
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