New ED for Cleveland Clinic Minimizes Patient Wait Times, Maximizes Operational Performance

The new, 67,000-square-foot emergency department at Cleveland Clinic Akron General, located in Akron, Ohio, recently opened. Designed by Hasenstab Architects, the ED is more than three times the size of the original facility with 60 patient care spaces.

With the goal of minimizing patient wait times and maximizing operational performance, the design supports optimized patient flow and a universal patient room layout. By providing uniform patient care spaces, caregivers are able to become highly familiar with equipment and supply placement, creating efficiencies during exams and procedures.

Other key features of the new ED include four trauma/resuscitation rooms for Level 1 trauma care, a five-room behavioral health area with central observation station, a secure decontamination area, a dedicated sexual assault treatment and examination room and an infectious disease isolation area.

The second floor of the addition provides administrative and support space for ED staff, as well as a 19-bed rapid observation unit. A new helipad is located on top of the new building and a pedestrian bridge connects the ED to the main hospital.

Ruhlin Company served as general contractor on the project.

Photos courtesy of Scott Pease Photography.

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Posted October 12, 2018

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