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New Transylvania ER has breakaway doors and much more

Transylvania Regional Hospital has built an $8 million emergency department, with a large portion of the funding coming from community donors. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A state of the art emergency care center will soon be available for people in one mountain county.

Transylvania Regional Hospital has built an $8 million emergency department, with a large portion of the funding coming from community donors.

"The families, I think, are going to appreciate the artwork on the walls. They're going to appreciate the big windows that we have all over the place, letting in the natural light. I think it's just going to be a much more friendly environment for the patients,” said Ali Fore, the emergency room manager.

In its entirety, the emergency department is about twice as large as the current facility.

The number of behavioral health rooms has doubled from two to four.

“It's all about safety with these type of patients,” said Michele Pilon, the president and chief nursing officer.

She said that means everything from the enclosed television to the sink, which has a slightly different configuration from a traditional sink.

There’s also a gate which can be raised to turn the behavioral health rooms into more traditional patient rooms.

There are still two trauma rooms, but they are larger and come equipped with breakaway doors for more space, if needed.

“When people come to an emergency department, what do they want most? They want to get treated quickly, and they want to either get to a bed, if they're going to be admitted, or get home,” said Pilon.

That's where the vertical care room comes into play, something that doesn't exist in the old facility.

But it's not just about improvements in patient care. There's a change in flow that will also make things easier for the employees.

“Our charts are right above the physician. At that point, we're having to reach over them. Whereas now, we've got some space so they can do their work with less interruptions, Fore said.

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