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Expanded Express Care now open for business at hospital

May 21, 2007

Washington County Hospital held an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony May 8 at the newly renovated Express Care.

Express Care, formerly adjacent to the emergency department, was relocated to an expanded area between the emergency department waiting area and the security department. The new area has seven patient treatment areas, an increase from the four areas available at the previous location. Hours of operation have been extended and are to 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

Relocating Express Care also has made possible the addition of six treatment rooms to the emergency department. Before the renovations, the emergency department and Express Care were designed to accommodate 45,000 patient visits annually but were actually seeing a combined total of nearly 70,000 patients per year.

Stephen Kotch, chairman of the department of emergency medicine at the hospital, said that the primary goal of the renovations and expansion is to shorten wait times and better manage the high volumes of patients.

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