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Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Begins $12 Million Modernization of Emergency Department

Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital has started construction on a $12 million renovation of its Emergency Department. The project, which is expected to be completed in September 2022, will modernize the department with state-of-the-art equipment to improve efficiency and the patient experience.

“The Emergency Department renovation will update the physical environment to match the high-quality, compassionate care provided by our clinicians and staff,” said Jay Anderson, president, Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital. “We look forward to offering the community greater comfort during what is often a stressful time in a more calming and modern environment.”

The number of rooms will increase from 23 to 34, including 14 exam rooms, three trauma rooms, two isolation rooms and three holding bays for patients waiting for results. Five fast-track rooms are designed to quickly treat patients with mild ailments and injuries, such as sore throat, urinary tract infections and sprained ankles.

A behavioral health suite features four treatment bays designed to promote safety for patients and staff. When a bay is being used for a behavioral health patient, an overhead door will be lowered to ensure the patient is protected from any equipment that could be used to cause self-harm.

“Our physicians, nurses, patient care technicians, and ancillary staff were all intricately involved in the planning and design of this project with one goal in mind, our patients. It was designed to bring the highest quality of care to our patients that ensures safety, efficiency, and overall positive experience,” said Andrew Oleksyn, DO, medical director, Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Emergency Department.

New medical equipment will be installed, including new stretchers and a second pneumatic tube station to efficiently send specimens to the lab. An overflow area, equipped with medical gas, will accommodate additional patients if needed during a surge event. Additionally, a dedicated Security Services office will be embedded within the Emergency Department.

“The new layout of the department will offer more privacy and a quiet, healing environment, while supporting collaboration and teamwork with our staff and clinicians.” said Kristen Tindall, MSN, RN, CEN, manager, Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Emergency Department. “This redesign provides versatile spaces that can meet the unique needs of all our patients,”

The project is scheduled to take place in three phases over 16 months to allow optimal emergency department operations during construction. Signage will direct patients to temporary waiting areas, and a relocated entrance when necessary. The timeline is subject to change based on review time by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).