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Format: 04/20/2014
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Forbes Regional Hospital Plans Emergency Department Expansion

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Forbes Hospital today announced plans to expand its Emergency Department from 29 to 38 beds.

The $1,044,000 project, supported by the Forbes Health Foundation, will add nine new treatment rooms – eight exam rooms and one mental health room – to the Department’s current floor plan. The expansion is expected be completed by December 2010 and will incorporate amenities such as thicker mattresses, brighter colors and televisions in every exam room.

Completely renovated in 2006, the Gerald McGinnis Emergency Department now features 29 private acute care exam rooms with advanced cardiac monitoring and state-of-the-art technologies to provide faster, more personal and specialized care to more than 45,000 patients who seek treatment there each year.

“While patients and staff alike have enjoyed the amenities of our most recent Emergency Department renovation, that expansion has not been able to keep pace with our phenomenal growth,” said Adrian D’Amico, MD, medical director of the Emergency Department at Forbes.

“With the additional patient volume that we’re seeing as a result of nearby hospital closures, our need for additional treatment rooms will only continue to increase,” Dr. D’Amico said.

Emergency Department (ED) visits at Forbes have grown steadily since the facility’s last renovation, from 37,000 per year to nearly 46,000 this fiscal year. When the full impact of the closures of UPMC Braddock and Excela Health’s hospital in Jeannette are realized next year, ED visits at Forbes are expected to increase to 55,000.

Forbes is the only hospital within a 12-mile radius and its Emergency Department treats more patients than many hospitals twice its size. Its $6 million renovation in 2006 enlarged the department from 13,000 square feet to 26,000 square feet, incorporating a new digital radiology system and a decontamination room for victims of industrial accidents or bioterrorism. Forbes’ ED also is the first emergency department in the state to have complete lock down capability.

Forbes Hospital is a 345-bed community hospital serving more than 800,000 residents of the eastern suburbs of Allegheny County and western Westmoreland County.


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