Swedish Covenant Hospital Completes Phase 1 of Emergency Department Renovation

Swedish Covenant Hospital has completed Phase 1 of its Emergency Department renovation to further enhance service to the community by improving the operational efficiency, flexibility and throughput of the department. The newly completed patient and staff areas are now open for use following city and state approvals.
This phase includes the renovation of 10 patient rooms, two nurse stations, a radiology suite, a staff break and locker room, a new air handling unit and two new hot water heaters. “With the completion of the first of four phases, we are making excellent progress towards our goal of being better positioned to meet the needs of our patients, our Emergency Department physicians and clinical staff,” said Anthony Guaccio, president and CEO of Swedish Covenant Hospital.

“This forward-looking design enables us to adapt to changing needs such as technology enhancements and continuing patient volume increases in the future, plus we’ll see increasing cost efficiency while providing a safe and healing care environment,” added Saliba Kokaly, vice president of operations at Swedish Covenant Hospital.
Renovation construction began in late 2016, with projected occupancy in fall of 2018 pending city and state approvals. The hospital is working with Berglund Construction as the general contractor for the renovation. Once Phase 4 of the construction is complete, improvements to the Swedish Covenant Hospital Emergency Department will include:

  • Modernizing approximately 16,755 square feet of existing facilities
  • Increasing from 37 to 43 ED rooms:
    • Pre-renovation:
      • 26  Acute care rooms
      • 4   Behavioral health rooms
      • 5   Quick Care rooms
      • 2   Triage rooms
    • After renovation:
      • 27  Acute care rooms
      • 4    Behavioral health rooms
      • 8    Quick Care rooms
      • 4    Triage rooms
  • Creating a specialized behavioral health unit


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