Emergency Department Expansion
On Oct. 7, 2008, ten new beds were opened in the DCMC ED to accommodate the heavy patient demand, bringing the total number of beds to 44.
Along with the new beds, the Dell Children’s ED is also staffing additional physicians and nurses, which will improve patient wait times and crowding issues. "We put two large television screens in the waiting rooms to provide information about the ED process," said Pat Crocker, DO, Medical Director of the Dell Children's ED. "Patients also now receive identification cards to help expedite the registration process the next time they visit the ED." The ED expansion was put into action earlier than expected, but Dell Children's is prepared for the next five years and has more room for future expansions.