Riverside Walter Reed Emergency Department room configuration

GLOUCESTER, Va. – Riverside Walter Reed Hospital began seeing patients in its newly renovated Emergency Department this week, marking a key milestone in the hospital’s expansion project and the completion of the first phase of a major renovation that will ultimately double the size of the facility’s emergency services operations.

“This marks a major milestone in our efforts to build a better place to heal,” said Walter Reed Hospital Vice President/Administrator and Middle Peninsula Regional Leader Megan Crain as first responders throughout the region toured the renovated space for the first time. “We’ve had to replace-in-place the Emergency Department, and that is one of the most difficult areas of a hospital to do that in. This Phase One renovation is a snapshot of what’s to come – a better place to heal for the communities of the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck.”

Riverside Walter Reed Emergency Department bed and lighting

With the Emergency Department phase one completion, the department transitioned from its current location into the newly renovated space that includes three major treatment rooms, a trauma room and eight private rooms with the latest in treatment technology. The move also created a new Emergency Department Walk-in Entrance and registration area at the hospital’s canopied front entrance. Ambulance traffic will continue to use the current ambulance bay entrance.

“Even though we are in a rural area, we see a lot of trauma,” said Walter Reed Hospital Emergency Department Nurse Manager Shannon Klink, RN, BSN, CEN, adding that the entire team is excited to be serving the community and patients with the latest room equipment and technology.

Riverside Walter Reed Emergency Department team

The expanded Emergency Department will ultimately grow from 6,300 square feet to more than 16,000 square feet and include 18 beds and a Family Care Room made possible through generous contributions from community members, businesses and volunteers. The Family Care Room will offer privacy for families and loved ones during what may be one of the most difficult times in their lives.

“We see over 24,000 patients a year in 11 beds here in this Emergency Department,” said Walter Reed Hospital Director of Emergency Services Kim Harper, RN, MSN. “When all this is completed, increasing the capacity of the Emergency Department for this community is huge.”

Technology enhancements throughout the Emergency Department include standardization of equipment with the Riverside hospital network and wireless transport monitor connection to patient medical records for seamless transition between departments and facilities. Monitors are configured for adult, pediatric and neonatal patients. The new technology puts the relevant information clinicians need to treat patients right where they need it, when they need it.

“This brings us an updated, modern Emergency Department where the community can receive a similar level of care that’s offered in larger cities,” said Jeff Sensenig, DO, Emergency Department Medical Director at Walter Reed Hospital, who joined the Riverside team following service in larger cities, including Las Vegas. “The expansion includes the latest in technology and increased patient comfort and privacy while keeping the hometown atmosphere and exceptional care Riverside Walter Reed Hospital is known for.”

Riverside Walter Reed Emergency Department equipment closeup

The complete construction project at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital will include a new two-story, 65,000-square-foot Surgical and Inpatient Services building with capacity for four new state-of-the-art operating suites, two procedure rooms, and pre-operative and post-operative recovery areas. It also includes 36 private patient rooms, all located on the second floor of the new building.

To accommodate the major expansion and renovations, Riverside Walter Reed’s main hospital entrance will move to the area of the campus where the current Medical Arts Building entrance is located and be accessed from Gloucester’s Main Street and Medical Drive in 2019. Renovations related to this move include a new lobby, registration and waiting area, gift shop and much more.

For more information on the Riverside Walter Reed Hospital renovation and a live webcam showing construction progress, visit https://www.riversideonline.com/rwrh/new/index.cfm.

Published: January 29, 2018