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October 15, 2013
ER Renovations To Impact Lobby

DELAND, Fla., October 15, 2013 – In June 2013, Florida Hospital DeLand began a $1.7 million construction project to renovate its emergency department, expanding the number of beds from 23 to 28. As part of this renovation process, room amenities, such as flooring, ceiling tiles and cabinetry, will be upgraded and most of the patient rooms will be walled-in, eliminating many of the privacy curtains.

At 4 a.m. on Tuesday, October 22, the construction process will enter a new phase, closing the emergency department’s traditional lobby. Patients seeking emergency care will be directed to the outpatient hallway instead.

“We will remain completely open and fully prepared, but the emergency department will look a little different than patients are used to,” said Beth Hooks, Florida Hospital DeLand Emergency Department Director. “These renovations, while a challenge now, will be well-worth it when completed. They will help us improve patient care and increase our capacity, enabling us to meet the growing needs of our community.”

Despite having the second-highest volume in Volusia County, Florida Hospital DeLand has the smallest number of beds in the area. This construction project will add five additional beds, which will help improve efficiency and shorten wait times.

Because this change will impact the hallway for outpatient services, such as imaging and laboratory services, many patients are being encouraged to utilize Florida Hospital DeLand’s freestanding outpatient facility, Victoria Medical Park. This 25,000-square-foot medical center is located at 151 Victoria Commons Blvd. in DeLand and offers a variety of outpatient services, including imaging, rehabilitation, laboratory services and more.

The emergency department lobby will reopen in late December 2013. The entire construction project is expected to be completed by May 2014.

About Florida Hospital DeLand
Florida Hospital DeLand is a 156-bed full-service hospital providing inpatient and outpatient services in addition to 24-hour emergency and critical care. The hospital is a member of the Adventist Health System, the largest Protestant not-for-profit hospital system in the nation and works to provide exceptional, patient-focused care to the DeLand community. Florida Hospital DeLand is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and Disease-Specific Care Certified by the Joint Commission in Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Surgery. Additionally, the hospital is Chest Pain Accredited with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) and is also a Certified Stroke Center. For more information about Florida Hospital DeLand, visit www.fhdeland.org.

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Florida Hospital DeLand is currently undergoing a $1.7 million construction project to renovate its emergency department, expanding the number of beds from 23 to 28. On Tuesday, October 22, at 4 a.m., the construction process will enter a new phase, closing the emergency department’s traditional lobby. Patients seeking emergency care will be directed to the outpatient hallway instead, as seen here.

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