Lahey Hospital reveals new, modernized and expanded ER: 5 things to know

Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Mass., has completed a new emergency wing, reports The Sun.

Here are five things to know about the project.

1. The facility is named after Joseph C. Corkery, MD, a practicing internist at the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center since 1983 and a member of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center's board of trustees. Dr. Corkery was also the former chair of the hospital's general internal medicine department.

2. It features 41,000 square feet of space. That's more than three times bigger than the previous facility, which opened in 1980, according to the report.

3. Specifically, the new emergency wing includes 36 private exam/treatment and observations rooms, with space for family members to stay with patients (a 64 percent increase from the previous emergency department); two additional trauma bays, bringing the total to four; and a triage/fast-track area; an imaging suite with CT scan and radiology capabilities; three private behavioral health exam rooms; and enhanced infection — and contamination — prevention areas, according to the hospital.

4. Overall, the project cost approximately $80 million.

5. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held this week to mark the official opening of the facility. However, it will not open to patients until the end of January, according to the report.


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