Des Moines VA opens new emergency department

Des Moines-based VA Central Iowa Health Care System opened a $9.5 million emergency department July 14, according to The Des Moines Register.

The new emergency department will begin accepting patients July 25.

It includes a variety of features, including a mental health observation room — through which staff members can monitor patients and determine if psychiatric treatment is necessary — and a decontamination area where patients who have been contaminated with chemicals can shower.

Medical Director Gail Graham said the ED has a solid track record of low wait times. Patients typically see a physician in 30 minutes and finish their ED visit within two hours, according to the report.

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