JPS Health Network’s $4.2 million emergency department expansion is now open, adding 12 patient care spaces to the emergency department at JPS Hospital.
Earlier this year the emergency room was on code yellow, usually reserved for pending emergency, a missing patient, severe weather or another emergency. In this case, it was just that the hospital with Tarrant County’s only level 1 trauma center was experiencing a high patient load.
JPS has one of the nation’s busiest emergency departments, and adding the patient spaces, which include chairs and beds, will allow providers to process patients more quickly. The current ED has 56 patient rooms and sees 370 patients each day, nearly double the number of patients from just 11 years ago. The ED treated 33,000 patients in the last three months.
The 7,663-sqaure-foot space is adjacent to the existing emergency department, and new rooms include upgraded stretchers with bed scales, bed alarms to reduce patient falls, and electronic controls so the patient can control their bed. There is also additional space for the care team.
“It was designed with the patient in mind. This increased space will allow us to improve how quickly we can see patients, even as the number of patients continues to increase,” said Jesse DeWaard, Executive Director, JPS Emergency Services Division via release.