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November 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 5

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Cleveland Clinic Florida Opens $232 Million Hospital Tower and Expanded Emergency Services Department in Weston

Cleveland Clinic Florida’s newly constructed hospital tower and expanded Emergency Services Department opened to patients on Saturday, Oct. 6. The $232 million five-story, 221,000-square-foot addition to the Weston campus expands capacity by 50 percent at the No. 1 ranked hospital in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale market by US News & World Report for 2018-2019. 
 
“The expansion of our Emergency Services Department and the addition of 75 hospital beds was driven by demand for our services,” said Wael Barsoum, M.D., CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic Florida. “As a premier academic medical center known for providing complex care for the sickest of patients, it was vital for both the local community and the region that we expand. I’m proud of the incredible commitment of our caregivers to achieve clinical excellence through patient-centered care and thrilled that we are able to offer this innovative facility to our patients.”
 
Located on the first floor of the newly constructed tower, the expanded Emergency Services Department consists of 42 emergency bays designed to accommodate more than 70,000 patients a year. Several patient care design elements were incorporated to support patient safety, comfort and experience, including:
 
10 fast-track bays to facilitate quicker resolution for less emergent, low acuity patients
Three triage bays for rapid assessments to identify appropriate level of care
Two resuscitation bays with state-of-the-art medical gas booms to resuscitate patients with the most severe medical conditions
An emerging pathogen unit, accessible via a separate decontamination entry way, which promotes added safety when caring for patients who have been exposed to chemical, radiological or biological agents
Access to natural light through elevated windows along the department’s central space and windows in each of the 24 observation bays which facilitate comfort and a healing environment
Bays which feature opaque glass doors in place of privacy curtains, contributing to infection control and greater patient privacy 
 
According to James Roach, D.O., Chairman of Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Emergency Services Department, “The evidenced-based practices implemented by our emergency medicine team exemplifies the level of care offered at South Florida’s top ranked hospital. We deliver rapid, expert care for patients experiencing all manner of medical emergencies, including stroke, cardiac resuscitation, heart attack, and sepsis. This expansion allows us to save more lives and preserve quality of life for more patients.” 
 
The recently completed expansion includes a new hospital tower with a 24-bed surgical intensive care unit (ICU) on the second floor and 26 medical/surgical and telemetry beds for oncology and acute care patients on the third floor. The fourth floor of the tower, with 24 medical ICU beds, is scheduled to open by the end of the year. The fifth floor will be brought online when demand requires additional capacity.
 
“Our hospital has been operating at or near capacity for a number of years,” added Dr. Barsoum. “We can now offer our world-class care to more patients, especially high acuity patients such as individuals facing cancer, cardiac and neurological conditions and those in need of organ transplant services who require complex care.”
 
The new hospital tower and expanded Emergency Services Department are part of a major expansion announced in 2015 and fueled by $302 million in capital investments. Other capital projects launched this year include the establishment of a medical office in Wellington and the opening of the 73,000-square-foot Coral Springs Family Health Center.
 
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