Noyes Hospital is proud to announce the Grand Opening of The Mary Saunders Beiermann Emergency Department! The Mary Saunders Beiermann Emergency Department officially opened it's doors to patients at 8am on Tuesday June, 17th.
Noyes Hospital has the only Emergency Department in all of Livingston County (population 65,000) and treats approximately 14,200 patients annually. The existing space was built in 1972 and is 3,000 square feet. There are five private but very small, treatment rooms and one undersized treatment room with three stretchers and no privacy. Each treatment room has space for 2-3 people total, so there is not room for family or visitors who may accompany the patient along with the medical team attending to the patient. The existing footprint includes the nurses’ station, workspaces, waiting area, registration desk, and support space. This results in poor work flow and little to no patient privacy.
The Emergency Department is the entry point of care for a majority of patients. Most importantly, the Emergency Department is the safety net for communities when alternate services are closed, nonexistent, or not accessible due to insurance or inability to pay. As the payers’ criteria for inpatient admission become more stringent, the Hospital must be able to assess the patient at the point of entry into the system, triage the patient, and direct the patient to the appropriate level of care. For patients requiring observation services for assessment, stabilization, and decision to admit or discharge, this is best accomplished in a unit within or adjacent to the Emergency Department. Rural Emergency Departments are sometimes thought of as treating low acuity (acute) patients, but that is not accurate. Noyes Hospital is usually the first stop for anyone who is ill or hurt in the region, including those who are traveling on I-390 which runs directly in front of the Hospital. Noyes Hospital is often called upon to stabilize and transfer patients to a tertiary center.
The goal of the project is to replace the existing outdated, undersized Emergency Department (ED) through new construction in Phase One, and to renovate the existing space in Phase Two for an observation area. Without this additional space, the Hospital is impeded from implementing a more patient-centered system both in terms of care and cost. The current ED (3,000 sq. ft.) is inadequate to provide urgent care, emergency care, and observation services. Observation patients must currently be admitted to the Hospital and comingled with medical-surgical inpatients resulting in a length of stay of 1.6 to 1.8 days which is unnecessarily long. With a new observation area, that length of stay would be reduced to 12-24 hours as will the cost to the patient and the healthcare system. The ED project is designed to treat patients with an appropriate level of outpatient care within an emergency/observation unit. In the new ED setting, only patients who are deemed to require an inpatient level of care will be moved out of the emergency/observation unit and onto an inpatient nursing floor. Urgent Care (After Hours Care) is located in the Reilly Building adjacent to the Hospital.
To assist in the assessment of ED and observation patients, the ED will add bidirectional interfaces to access consultation services with Rochester hospitals and allow patients who may have otherwise been transferred to Rochester to remain at Noyes for further evaluation and treatment. Noyes Hospital is a collaborating institution with the University of Rochester Medical Center which gives Noyes doctors access to the Medical Center’s clinical and educational resources.
All patients who present to the Noyes ED are being charged emergency department rates. Approximately 325 low acuity patients leave the ED annually before being seen due to wait time which delays their treatment. These patients can receive care in our After Hours Clinics in Dansville and Geneseo. Ultimately, the cost to the healthcare system and to the patient is higher than necessary. Through this project, the Noyes medical team will be able to give their patients a more appropriate level of care and get them home faster.
Noyes Health has determined that the total project cost for the Emergency Department expansion and renovation project is $7.3 million inclusive of equipment costs. The Hospital jumpstarted this effort by securing a prestigious $4,690,000 grant through New York State’s Healthcare Efficiency and Affordability Law (HEAL NY) in June 2012. In addition to the grant award, Noyes Hospital is honored to receive a $750,000 leadership gift for the Emergency Department from E. Philip and Carole Saunders, residents of Livingston County, and the Saunders Foundation in memory of their late daughter, Mary Saunders Beiermann. The new facility will be named the Mary Saunders Beiermann Emergency Department.
The remaining quarter of the total project cost will be raised from community members, corporations and foundations through the efforts of a dedicated volunteer Campaign Cabinet. With a tentative opening date of Summer 2014, the Campaign volunteers and Noyes Health staff are asking for help in constructing this vitally important community resource which supplies both medical care for injured and ill patients and jobs for the local economy. Noyes Hospital is one of the largest employers in Livingston County, and its presence is a major driver in keeping businesses and homeowners in the area. Our neighbors need a Hospital with a first-rate Medical Staff and state-of-art equipment that can be reached quickly in a crisis. Noyes Hospital is that facility. Please join the effort to build the Mary Saunders Beiermann Emergency Department. The Noyes Emergency Department Campaign is gratefully accepting gifts at every level. Naming opportunities within the facility are available in honor of gifts beginning at $25,000. Please contact Cynthia Oswald, Director of the Noyes Health Foundation, for more detailed information, call 585-335-4323. Thank you for helping to make Noyes your hospital of choice.