Bigger, Better Emergency Department - Ready for Debut

If you haven't seen our new emergency department lately, you might be surprised.

It has undergone a substantial renovation and expansion, with the final section scheduled to finish up in early June.

The $16 million project was designed to better serve the west metro community with more spacious, single-occupancy treatment rooms for improved privacy; sliding glass doors for easy access; a new patient walk-in entrance, registration and triage area; and a Fast-Track section for those with less severe health issues.

New Technology in place

Lutheran’s ED is one of the busiest in the state, with about 70,000 emergency patient visits per year. It now features updated technology and improved access and satisfaction for patients, staff and physicians.

Lutheran has doubled the size of the state’s first Senior Emergency Room, where older adults receive emergency treatment designed to meet their needs in a calm and comfortable healing environment. In addition, a new Behavioral Health treatment area is now open, allowing for a more private and secure care environment for patients needing this specialized care.

Lutheran is equipped to handle any medical emergency. We are accredited as a Chest Pain Center, and recently received the highest levels of recognition in quality and timeliness of stroke care by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, outperforming most hospitals in the country. Our emergency physicians and other specialists are always available to quickly diagnose and treat patients in all emergencies.

EMS Gives Thumbs up

Our partner agencies have said they are really impressed with all the improvements we’ve made in the design and remodel of our entire Emergency Department.
— Todd Kennedy, Manager of EMS Partnerships

Our EMS partners in the metro area—West Metro Fire Protection District, Denver Health, Arvada Fire Protection District and Rural Metro—have been with us every step of the way as we transform our emergency services. According to Todd Kennedy, Manager of EMS Partnerships, ambulance crews have continued to bring patients to Lutheran throughout the construction, and are looking forward to the upgraded facility.

They’re especially appreciative of the new Behavioral Health section, with its upgraded security and layout that promotes a better care environment.

Ways We Upgraded Our Emergency Department

  • Fifty individual patient treatment rooms designed to better accommodate caregivers, specialized equipment and family members
  • Expanded Senior ER with 14 larger, full-service rooms specifically created for the needs of older patients
  • New highly visible, well-lighted walk-in entrance for patients and family members to gain quick access to care
  • Dedicated Fast-Track area close to the walk-in entrance, where patients with less serious conditions can be served faster
  • Specially designed Behavioral Health area, with individual rooms and dedicated nurses’ station, allowing for a more private and secure care environment
  • Updated technology-based services in all patient treatment rooms for nursing staff

»Lutheran Outperforms most hospitals on stroke care!

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines Program tracks quality and performance based on the immediate care of stroke patients. Lutheran has achieved the top two levels on the AHA/ASA 2014 Honor Roll. As a testament to the care given by the Lutheran team and their emergency partners, Lutheran was awarded the Stroke Honor Roll Gold Plus and Elite Plus—a rare distinction given to few hospitals in the country.

The stroke team was recognized for documenting consistent, fast treatment for patients with acute ischemic stroke. Lutheran is proud to provide the highest quality, appropriate care for our patients with stroke. Remember, if you or someone you are with is experiencing signs of a stroke, call 911.

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