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Bronson Battle Creek Emergency Department
Diekema Hamann Architecture + Engineering was selected to renovate that 6,300 sfÂ emergency department of Bronson Battle Creek. Bronson Battle Creek had 4 mainÂ goals when they embarked on restructuring their emergency department:
1. Provide a separate, dedicated exterior entrance to the department. Previously,Â all emergency department traffic entered the main hospital entrance and wasÂ diverted to the department down an internal hallway. The hospital navigatedÂ significant process and security challenges on a daily basis.
2. Create enclosed, private triage bays outside of the department to allow staff toÂ perform initial examinations in a quiet, secure room. The intent was to alleviateÂ the wait times by getting a patient directly into a triage bay upon entry to theÂ department. Once their condition is assessed, the patients are taken to theirÂ treatment room via the clinical core; patients do not reenter the waiting roomÂ once they are registered.
3. Decentralize the clinical work area. The original emergency department had aÂ central work station for all clinical staff. This arraignment created long travelÂ distances and a noisy documentation area. The new arrangement has (2) semi-enclosedÂ main stations at each end with documentation pods located throughoutÂ the unit.
4. Remain operational throughout construction. The entire project team worked diligently to ensure that the emergency department remained open throughout the entire construction period. We worked closely with staff and the agencies to develop a phasing strategy that made the best of the challenging situation. Without expanding the footprint of the hospital, this renovation project allows Bronson Battle Creek to significantly increase their throughput and support the care they provide their patients. The use of wood, stone, light, and volume make the new entry and waiting room calming and inviting.