The Kettering Medical Center Network has completed the first phase of the renovation planned for the Emergency Department at the Charles F. Kettering Memorial Hospital, the largest of the Network’s 42 facilities.
The totally new reception, registration, and triage area will reflect a new era in ER design. As Fred Manchur, president of Kettering Medical Center Network explained, “We want to completely eliminate the institutional look and have patients feel like they’re walking into their own living rom.”
And that they will … if their living rooms are modern in concept and functional in design. The reception area will feature a rounded ceiling to give the illusion of a forward moving swirl, thus eliminating square walls with a rectangular ceiling. Exotic fish in specially designed tanks will also become part of the reception area, along with a working fireplace.
There will be 14 new patient rooms … no more emergency room bullpens with only a curtain to separate patients. The separate rooms will provide not only privacy to the patient, but will greatly decrease the noise and high level of frenetic activity usually associated with emergency rooms. The entire project will be a work in progress with continual updates to the area.
Congratulations to Kettering for setting new standards in the design of emergency departments.