Grueling Phase III for ED is Finally Over

NorthBay Medical Center Emergency Department staff happily said goodbye to cramped work spaces and construction chaos and hello to their newly expanded facility on Dec. 14. That morning, employees were welcomed to a special preview of the area, just hours before it was officially opened for patient care. During the Open House, employees were able to peek in on the new facility that now officially expands the number of ED beds from 19 to 29.

"Welcome to our new/old ER," said Heather Venezio, Emergency Services and Trauma Program director, as she welcomed the crowd of employees who came to check out the new facility.

"When you walk around you'll see we have new trauma bays - one devoted to cardiac resuscitation, and three high-acuity beds with patient lifts. We'll have our own CT scanner - which is a really big deal - and it will be moved into the department in April. We have a bigger storage room, and a place to put carts, which will help cut down on clutter. We have an expanded nurses station and space for our social workers, case managers and security. I can tell you the ambulance crews are also very excited to know our new bay doors are open and ready," she added.

"You've been living in chaos for some time and I want to thank everyone for their patience," noted Traci Duncan, vice president and chief nursing officer for NorthBay Healthcare.

"This has been many years in the planning and construction, and yet you continued to deliver outstanding care to our patients during this time. This project could not have been done without the teamwork across all groups - from EVS to pharmacy, from the lab to maintenance - and now we have the best possible ER. Thank you for your amazing work."