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03/24/11 — Hospital moves ahead with ER expansion plan

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Hospital moves ahead with ER expansion plan

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on March 24, 2011 1:46 PM

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Registered nurse Lori Brock checks a patient's chart by using a touch screen computer at the nurses' station in Wayne Memorial Hospital's emergency room. Officials are planning an expansion of the emergency room that would triple the size of its current space to about 35,000 square feet. The $18 million project is expected to take about a year to complete.

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An artist's rendering of the proposed expansion to the emergency department at Wayne Memorial Hospital. The 35,000-square-foot addition will more than triple the existing space. The $18 million project is expected to take one year to complete.

The Emergency Department at Wayne Memorial Hospital has been bursting at the seams for nearly a decade. When the West Wing was built in 1991, the Emergency Room was designed for a capacity of about 35,000 visits a year, said...

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