WRMC Emergency Department Renovations Plans Completed

Architect's Rendering of WRMC ER Entrance

Batesville, Ark. - White River Medical Center (WRMC) Emergency Department (ED) renovation plans have been submitted to the Arkansas Department of Health for approval.  The four phase renovation project is expected to begin by the end of the year and be completed in 2017. Highlights of the project include an increase in the number of treatment rooms, redesigned patient registration and seating areas, and a redesigned the west/ER patient entrance.

“Renovating a space that is in use 24 hours a day presents a challenge to our clinical staff in the ED, and to our construction department,” said Gary Bebow, Administrator/CEO. “However, we are confident that the finished product will improve patient flow, lead to improved privacy practices, and allow our caregivers to provide quality medical care.”

Health reform, Arkansas’ Private Option Medicaid Expansion, and the opening of WRHS’ Satellite Emergency Room at the WRMC Medical Complex in Cherokee Village changed patient utilization patterns in the ED. As a result, hospital leaders revised the Emergency Department plans to create optimal space utilization and a plan best suited to meet community needs using new models of care.

The WRMC Emergency Department is a Level III Trauma facility that treats approximately 30,000 patients annually.  The ED is part of the AR SAVES Stroke Care Network and has the capability to communicate via telemedicine with the Arkansas Burn Center at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.