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Staff sign their names to Regina Hospital's new E.R. structure

HASTINGS, Minn. 06/04/2015

Hastings, Minnesota 06/04/2015 --

Doctors, nurses and support staff today (Thursday) were able to sign off on the structure of Regina Hospital's new Emergency Department – quite literally.

Employees were invited to sign their names on a 100 lb beam which will be incorporated into the structure of the new 12,000 sq ft Emergency Department, currently on schedule to open by the end of 2015.

With the new building fast taking shape outside the existing hospital footprint, interim president Jim McGlade said it was a good opportunity to have staff put their stamp on the new facility in which they will work in just a few months.

"It makes it more personal to those nurses and support staff who will soon be caring for our patients in this area," said McGlade. "We want our Emergency Room team to feel they have real ownership of their new work area, as it's where they will be offering exceptional and compassionate care to the residents of Hastings and the surrounding communities 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

The $11.5 million project, which involves an expanded Emergency Department, front entrance, outpatient registration area and imaging services (x-ray/CT/MRI) space, broke ground in December 2014. It will enable the medical team to better care for the people who make 11,000-plus visits annually to Regina Hospital's Emergency Department, by enhancing the environment in which patients are treated, updating equipment and improving the flow for care.

"We know it's a really stressful time in people's lives when they have to come to the Emergency Department," said Stephanie Cook, director of patient care at Regina Hospital. "Our new building will help us give the reassurance to patients that when they choose to come to Regina, not only will they get state-of-the-art medical care, but they will also experience a warm, welcoming environment. The design of the new Emergency Department will offer a much quieter, more restful setting for our patients' care."

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