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New Mercy Emergency Department to Open January 2012
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08/08/2011
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MASON CITY -- Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa’s Emergency Department construction project is within six months of completion, with an expected opening date of January 2012.

“When we began to talk about this project two years ago, it was hard to imagine this far in advance. Now, that we have come this far and the new building is taking shape, its eager anticipation until January,” said Patti Peterson, Director, Mercy – North Iowa’s Emergency Services Department.

The 25,493-square feet Emergency Department is being constructed in the vicinity of the current one, which is on the far eastside of Mercy – North Iowa’s East Campus. The project has been identified as a high priority for the organization in order to enhance:
· Patient, family, physician/provider and associate satisfaction.
· Patient, family, physician/provider and associate safety.
· Patient privacy.
· Operational improvements and efficiencies.

Features of the space will include natural lighting from a second story clearstory; and replacing the existing emergency department patient stations with an exam and treatment zone consisting of 21 exam rooms equipped with glass sliding break-away doors. The advantage of this design is greater visibility, improved auditory confidentiality, and the ability to flex usage based on patient volume. This design also will allow for the creation of a more calming and peaceful atmosphere, which promotes a safe, healing environment and a better patient experience.

“The new ED will create a patient-centered healing environment for those seeking care,” said Jim FitzPatrick, President/CEO, Mercy – North Iowa. For more information, pages and video regarding Mercy – North Iowa’s Emergency Department Construction project visit www.mercynorthiowa.com

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