Dansville— The Mary Saunders Beiermann Emergency Department project is “in great shape, on time and on budget,” according to Rich Tyler of the Pike Company who is serving as project manager for the Noyes addition.
With 40-50 percent of the work done, including a majority of the interior, Tyler is confident the project will be completed by spring 2014.
“Thanks to the architects and all their subs we’re going to have a great facility,” Tyler said. “This will be here for generations to come, this was the best time for us to do this.”
The new ED focuses on creating a more patient-centered system in terms of both care and cost. Taking place of the old department, which was built in 1972, the new ED will be three times the size of the former, measuring in at 10,000 square feet. The state of the art department expanded to include a nurses station, locker rooms, an improved waiting room and eight treatment rooms.
“The old rooms were too small with no privacy for the patients,” said director of engineering services and safety John Gross. “These new rooms offer more privacy and a better flow for staff.”
Gross feels the better workflow and improved rooms will bring more patients to Noyes for treatment, even comparing them to shopping malls' anchor stores.
“Those stores, the Macy’s, the Penny’s, they bring other stores and customers to the mall,” he said. “This emergency department is to us as the anchor stores are to the malls.”
Along with better treatment rooms, the more fluent workflow has some staff members very excited for the opening.
Physicians Assistant Kevin Wentworth, who has been working in the ED for “a long time” is looking forward to the bigger space which will provide his coworkers and him with a better mental state.
“There will be so much more room to take care of of the patients,” he said. “And that is the bottom line.”
Wentworth is anxious to start helping patients in the new treatment rooms.
“These rooms will be much more confidential,” he said. “We definitely need that. The patients will get better care because of this.”
The project, which is expected to cost $7.3 million dollars, got its start through a $4,690,000 grant received from New York State’s Healthcare Efficiency and Affordability Law in June of 2012. Noyes was also on the receiving end of $750,000 leadership gift from E. Philip and Carol Saunders and the Saunders Foundations in memory of their late daughter Mary Saunders Beiermann.
Page 2 of 2 - Five posters have been placed throughout the community showing the progress of funds raised for the new ED. Two are on site at Noyes, one is placed at Scovill’s, one at Terry Muchler’s office and the final in Geneseo at the Livingston County Health building. Anyone looking for more information on the Mary Saunders Beiermann Emergency Department can visit www.Noyes-health.org or call Cynthia Oswald, director of the Noyes Health foundation at 585-335-4323.