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Sunday, July 11, 2004

ER boasts rooms without a view

ER boasts rooms without a view: "St. Francis Hospital and Health Center in Blue Island will open a $5 million addition Monday, doubling the hospital's capacity to quickly treat urgent cases.
'The faster you treat patients, the better they are,' said David Van Horn, the hospital's vice president of strategy and business development.
Electronic patient tracking, bedside registration, an expanded treatment area for minor injuries and larger rooms with new cardiac monitoring devices are among the features offered to increase privacy and speed care.
'Our goal is to keep people out of the waiting room,' said emergency services director Janice Mierzwa. 'Our new emergency room is designed to deliver superior care even more effectively.'
The expansion is the final part of a two-year, $34 million project the hospital started in 2002. The emergency room grew from nearly 8,000 square feet to 20,000 square feet."


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