Española Hospital Opening New Emergency Room

by Staff Reporter / Jun 16, 2017 / comments
The newly built out Española Hospital Emergency Department. Valley Daily Post photo

Española Hospital Opening New Emergency Room

Staff Report

ESPAÑOLA – On Monday, June 19, Presbyterian Española Hospital will begin operating a brand new Emergency Department/Emergency Room.

The hospital celebrated the grand opening of its new Emergency Department with hospital staff and community leaders on Wednesday, June 14. Attendees received a full tour of the greatly expanded facilities and improved design and resources.

 Dignitaries toured the new emergency department Wed. morning. From left Española City Councilor Robert Seeds, State Representative Debbie Rodella, Española Mayor Alice Lucero, Española City Manager Mark Trujillo and Presbyterian Española Hospital administrator Brenda Romero. Valley Daily Post photo

Dr. Fernando Bayardo, physician and medical director for the Emergency Department who was on hand for the tour, explained that the need for a new emergency facility has been growing for several years, with more than 27,000 emergency care visits in 2016. Dr. Bayardo said that the hospital projected the increased demand, so seven years ago a major expansion of the hospital included building out the shell for a future emergency department. Demand has now grown to the point that the new department was needed, so the hospital started construction and completed this new department.

Emergency Department Director Dr. Fernando Bayardo gives a personal tour to community members and dignitaries at Wednesday's celebration. Valley Daily Post photo

The new Emergency Department is on the front side of the hospital, meaning people will no longer have to drive to the rear of the building. At 25,000 square feet, it is also considerably larger than the old 10,000 square foot emergency room.

A spacious new waiting area is ready for patients. Valley Daily Post photo

The new Emergency Department has 18 private, emergency care rooms, and two critical care trauma rooms, specifically designed to promote efficiency, adaptability and privacy with a focus on improving patient experiences and outcomes. The Emergency Department will provide 24-hour emergency medical services, including digital radiology and medical imaging. It also includes a dedicated room for families experiencing a difficult time to gather.

Two corridors hold 18 private patient rooms, each with a sliding glass door that provides isolation from the rest of the department. Valley Daily Post photo

The new emergency facilities are a major investment for the hospital, with a final build-out budget of around $5 million. But an earlier mill levy passed by Rio Arriba County voters helped fund the capital improvements and expansion. Brenda Romero, administrator, Presbyterian Española Hospital praised the community for their support in making it happen.

“We are grateful for the support of Rio Arriba County residents, who recognize the importance of quality healthcare close to home by supporting a hospital mill levy,” said Brenda Romero. “We partner with the Rio Arriba County Commission to prioritize healthcare needs and ensure that mill levy funds are used to benefit residents throughout the county. The new Emergency Department will help us respond to meet the community’s needs.”

Each state-of-the-art room has space for family members. Valley Daily Post photo

Dr. Bayardo summed up the new facility saying “This new space will enhance the great care we already provide and allow us to better respond to the growing demand for emergency care services. We hope to care for our first patient on June 19.”

The new Emergency Department is scheduled to start taking patients Monday morning.

Ready to open. Valley Daily Post photo