FMC renovates and expands Emergency Department

June 26,2012

Flagstaff Medical Center is in the process of renovating and expanding its Emergency Department (ED). The project began in June 2012 and is expected to be fully complete in less than a year. The renovations will not interrupt emergency patient care at the hospital.

The renovation and expansion will expand the number of patient beds and increase the EDs ability to provide even more efficient patient care by adding:
• Three additional private patient rooms, one of which will be specially designed for behavioral health patients.
• A patient waiting area for patients who only need treatment for minor injuries such as cuts, sprains and upper respiratory illness.
• A comfortable patient discharge area for patients who have been discharged from the ED to wait for a ride and receive discharge instructions before leaving the ED.

“This renovation will help us provide better customer service and faster care to our patients,” said ED Director Lindy Turley, R.N., M.H.A. “In the ED, our motto is to ‘cure frequently, relieve often, comfort always.’ This renovation will help us further fulfill our commitment to our patients.

FMC’s ED offers advanced emergency services including trauma and emergency services to the residents and visitors of Northern Arizona. The department has more than 40,000 patient visits each year; more than 1,200 of those visits adult and pediatric trauma patients.

FMC is the only state-designated Level I Trauma Center north of Phoenix and one of eight Level I Trauma Centers in the state. Level I is the highest trauma center designation granted by Arizona Department of Health Services. While most hospitals offer emergency services, only designated trauma centers are able to care for patients with the most life-threatening injuries including serious motor vehicle accidents, gunshot wounds, falls and other traumatic injuries. Unlike trauma centers in large cities in which a large number of trauma patients are victims of violent crimes, the majority of FMC’s trauma patients come from motor vehicle accidents due to the major interstates in the area and the high volume of tourists in Northern Arizona.