You don’t need to arrive by ambulance to get a look at Walla Walla General Hospital’s new Emergency Center.
The first phase of the hospital’s $15 million expansion is complete, and visitors are invited to see what’s been done during an open house and tour Wednesday.
The open house runs 4:30-6:30 p.m. at 1025 S. Second Ave. Guests can tour the space and see the equipment; meet the new emergency physicians; and enjoy refreshments and local art.
The phase is only one part of the expansion, said Linda Givens, Walla Walla General’s director of critical care services, in the announcement. The next step is to remodel the former emergency room space, she said.
“When that is complete and the two are fully combined, it will really enable us to enhance the care we provide to our patients and position us to meet the needs of our community,” she said.
The second phase of construction is expected to be complete late next spring. The combination of the new space and the old will provide a large reception area; private triage and registration areas; the latest bedside and diagnostic technology; modern exam rooms and areas for specialized and advanced emergency care.
In the nearly one year that the new emergency room has been under construction, the hospital has also received Chest Pain Center accreditation, recruited three new full-time emergency physicians, established an emergency cardiac care program and began a new patient experience journey called the “Power of RE,” which is intended to represent the “re-thinking” of how patients and staff interact in the emergency room.