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Building upgrades meant to improve ER wait times

More hospitals are taking concrete steps to shorten wait times in their emergency departments. While most hospitals have updated internal procedures to get patients in and out faster, some are making significant changes to their facilities to further speed up the process.

The College Station Medical Center recently finished a major upgrade and expansion that included the addition of 2,200 square feet in the ER, five new treatment areas and six “fast track” treatment areas which are designated to handle patients who need less extensive treatment.

A hospital spokesperson said College Station is the only ER in the region that publicizes its ER wait times and promises that patients will be seen by an ER doc within 30 minutes of arrival. A large part of the building redesign was intended to create spaces where medical staff could see those patients more quickly and better prioritize treatment and use of resources.


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