Prescott Valley YRMC campus to expand ER
Emergency room doctor Bill Resnick sees a lot during an average eight-hour day.
During each shift, Resnick treats around 25 patients suffering from a range of ailments, from abdominal pain or hip fractures to strokes and heart attacks.
"(It's) a good mix of a lot of different problems," he said.
When he heard of plans to expand the ER at Yavapai Regional Medical Center's East campus, he was all for it.
"We recognize that we need more services and space," he said. "We anticipate that this is going to grow."
The 163,000-square-foot medical center that opened in May 2006 near the intersection of Florentine Road and Windsong Drive currently has 50 private patient rooms, the ER and four state-of-the-art surgery suites.
The building sits on a 37-acre parcel YRMC bought in 1988. The town reached a development agreement with YRMC in 2001 to pay the hospital $150,000 a year for 10 years, with about $50,000 of that annual cost for repayment to YRMC for road improvements to Florentine Road.
The current ER has13 beds; the plan is to nearly double the space, with a 10,000-square-foot expansion.
John Amos, chief operating officer at the Prescott Valley campus, said YRMC officials will select a contractor for the expansion this week, begin the permitting process and start doing some site preparation work next month.
The first phase of the construction window would close around next October, and the second phase would finish the following year.
When the expansion project is completed, new features will include three to five new critical care rooms, a bigger waiting room and a reconfiguration of the staff lounge.
Add in new equipment, and the bill comes in at about $4 million, according to Amos, who said the hospital's reserve account is covering those costs.
It also opens the door to new employees down the road.
"It's going to improve our abilities to take care of our critical patients," Resnick said.
Amos said YRMC's patient wait times are below the national level. The ERs at both campuses are on pace to see about 33,000 patients this year.
"This will help to maintain, if not improve that," he said.
This is the second major addition for the East campus, which also got the BreastCare Center that opened in October years ahead of schedule thanks to an anonymous $1 million donation. The BreastCare Center offers breast imaging, ultrasound and biopsies for women and men.
Resnick, who has worked in the ER for eight years and is one of 16 board-certified emergency medicine physicians who split their workweeks between the ERs in Prescott and Prescott Valley, said the expansion will make their jobs easier.
"We all like the idea of making that diagnosis and making people feel comfortable," he said.