KVCH adds Emergency Dept entrance


KVCH will begin a renovation of the Emergency Department (ED) as early as February 27. The renovation, which is expected to last three months, will provide a dedicated patient entrance for those seeking emergency care.

A majority of the renovation was funded by community and KVCH employee donations through The Foundation at KVCH. The renovation will cost approximately $240,000.

"Kittitas County demonstrated its commitment to supporting emergency care at the 2011 Magical Evening gala," said Connie Dunnington, Foundation Board President. "The response was overwhelming to support KVCH in this endeavor."

Plans for the renovation were approved by the state Department of Health in mid-January. Belsaas & Smith, an Ellensburg contractor, was awarded the project on February 13.

"The renovation will provide a secure and private entrance for emergency patients, separate from the hospital's current main entrance," said Eric Davis, KVCH ED Director. Future emergency patients who do not arrive by ambulance will be escorted directly to a triage or treatment room."

The renovation will allow KVCH to meet the growing demand for emergency services while increasing patient access, privacy, and security.

KVCH has a strong dedication to improving emergency care, collaborating with local Emergency Medical Services and regional specialty centers. This teamwork has led to national recognition of KVCH as a leader in emergency response.

KVCH also has established award-winning partnerships with surrounding facilities, including a STEMI heart attack program with Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center and a telestroke collaboration with Virginia Mason Medical Center.

The ninth annual Magical Evening gala is planned for April 14, 2012, where the community once again will come together to support the healthcare needs of Kittitas County.