United Hospital’s emergency center expansion is designed to cut wait times

United Hospital President Tom O’Connor unveiled renovations to the emergency care center on Tuesday, Sept. 12. David Schmoyer, right, is the emergency department director. (Ryan Faircloth / Pioneer Press)

[Pioneer press, September 13, 2017] New renovations to United Hospital revealed Tuesday are designed to curb wait times and promote patient safety.

A ribbon cutting for the St. Paul hospital’s $1.4 million emergency care center expansion was held Tuesday morning. Improvements include: six new care spaces, a shared welcome desk for United and Children’s Hospital and security personnel, larger triage areas and hybrid rooms for medical and mental health patients.

"It is really important for me that we have an amazing emergency department for our community, and that’s why we really wanted to focus additional effort on giving our caregivers what they need," said Tom O’Connor, United Hospital president.

The expansion, funded by the Peter J. King Family Foundation, took six months to complete. Read the full story online at the Pioneer Press.

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