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Guthrie Cortland Medical Center to Greatly Expand Emergency Department – Work to Begin This Spring

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Guthrie Cortland Medical Center is planning to “greatly expand” their overall Emergency Department footprint within the hospital this coming spring. The work will expand the number of patient rooms from 14 to 23 and will also include new behavioral health rooms, a separate nurses’ station and attached activities room for patients suffering a behavioral health emergency, Guthrie told X101 News.

Guthrie says this will allow patients to be treated away from the busy Emergency Department and in a comfortable setting. Work will also include a permanent decontamination area with storage, and a shower and isolation room in the event of a contamination emergency.

Other work in the project includes streamlining the start of a patient’s care at the hospital with front-end triage. Guthrie says this is where a caregiver will determine a patient’s level of acuity when they arrive at the hospital and then create a “best path” for the care of said patient. The goal of this will be to reduce wait times.

Patients who will be waiting to receive care will also see a redesigned waiting room. The redesign will create a better flow and more comfortable setting for patients, Guthrie said.

The work won’t be an expansion of the actual building, but rework the square footage inside the current building. Guthrie says there is currently square footage adjacent to the Emergency Department which will be reimagined and renovated.

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