FALLON, Nev. (April 25, 2018) – The public is invited to join Fallon Mayor Ken Tedford and Banner Churchill employees in celebrating the opening of Banner Churchill Community Hospital’s new emergency department addition, a project that is anticipated to significantly reduce wait times for care and enhance patient privacy.
The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. June 13 at the hospital, 801 E. Williams in Fallon, Nev. Following a brief formal program, attendees will have the opportunity to tour the new emergency department (ED) space.
Those interested in attending are asked to call 1-800-230-CARE to reserve a seat.
The ED expansion and renovation project, which represents a $10 million investment into the hospital by non-profit Banner Health, broke ground in August 2017 and is anticipated to be fully completed by the end of the year.
The June 13 ceremony will mark the completion of the project’s first phase, highlighted by a new 5,545-square-foot addition onto the existing 4,848-square-foot ED. The new addition will open to patients on June 21.
The additional square footage will allow the hospital to:
Grow the number of patient beds from 10 to 16
Increase the size of the patient rooms by as much as 43 percent (to 120 square feet each)
Create a larger waiting room and triage (medical screening) area
Add a centralized work station for nurses and providers to more easily monitor patients and coordinate care
Of the 16 patient rooms, there will be 14 fully-private exam rooms featuring 20” televisions and two 400-square-foot major treatment bays for patients with serious injuries or illnesses. There will be an additional room with an electrocardiogram (EKG) to serve patients suffering from a heart attack.
Once the new space opens, crews will complete work on the second phase of the project: renovating the existing ED.
Some of that work, including a larger waiting room and medical screening area, has already been completed, but other work remains. Remaining work includes converting former patient rooms into much-needed storage and office space areas, as well as additional space for support services. It’s anticipated this work will be completed by year end.
“Last year, we saw nearly 19,000 patients come through our doors,” said Robert Carnahan, chief executive officer of Banner Churchill. “That’s why this expansion project is such an important investment into our community. It will ensure that we can continue providing the high quality, compassionate care our community expects from us.”
To help make the new ED space more comforting to patients and families, the walls will be painted with calming colors and adorned with serene landscape photos shot locally by photographer and Fallon resident Barb Swetzof Lund.
About Banner Churchill Community Hospital
Banner Churchill opened in 1996 and is a part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health care system with 28 hospitals in six states. It offers acute and primary care, including comprehensive emergency care with an ambulance service that covers more than 5,900 square miles. For more information, visit BannerHealth.com/Churchill or visit them on FaceBook at facebook.com/BannerChurchillCommunityHospital.