Oakwood Annapolis unveils final phase of Emergency Department expansion

Officials at Oakwood Healthcare unveiled the final phase of a major expansion and renovation project at Oakwood Annapolis Hospital that will enhance the quality care already provided to the community.

The expansion and renovation of the Emergency Department at the hospital was designed to provide more space in the emergency department, increase the efficiency of the operation and reduce the amount of time patients will spend there. The project was designed with the patient in mind, with a more welcoming atmosphere and increased privacy along with the latest in medical technology.

David Campbell, executive vice president of operations and system strategy for Oakwood Healthcare, called the project a $7 million gift to the community.

“We want our patients to be as comfortable as they can be and confident in the quality of service they’ll receive if they happen to need care,” he said.

The project features 17,848 of new or remodeled space that includes 28 treatment bays. A five-bed ‘fast track’ area is designed to get patients in front of physicians sooner and the enlarged trauma bays provide additional room for physicians and support staff to help patients. The entrance to the emergency department has also been reconfigured, providing better access to ambulance crews and improved safety for patients and staff alike. A separate decontamination room is a part of the project, as well.

“We are very proud to be able to provide this level of care to the community,” said Eric Widner, division president of Oakwood Annapolis Hospital. “It is a world-class facility to match our world class physicians and staff.”

The $7 million expansion was completed over the course of a year. It is the largest investment Oakwood has made in the hospital since it opened in 1957.
Ralph Scolari, MD, director of emergency medicine at Oakwood Annapolis, said project was an important one because, to many people, the emergency department is the front door to the hospital.

“This will allow us to take better care of our patients,” he said. “We’ll be able to see them faster, make them more comfortable, and provide treatment in a facility that is second to none in the area.”

The emergency department project is the latest in a long line of improvements at Oakwood Annapolis Hospital, which switched over to an electronic medical records system last fall. The hospital also features a Da Vinci robotic surgery suite, an interventional radiology department with enhanced imaging services, and an advanced cardiac catherization lab, an open MRI, all digital advanced capability operating rooms and endoscopy suites, and private, hotel-like birthing suites. It is the only certified Level III trauma center in the area.

CUTLINE: Diane Hartley, director of patient care services at Oakwood Annapolis Hospital; David Campbell, executive vice president of operations, system strategy and growth, Oakwood Healthcare; Eric Widner, division president of Oakwood Annapolis Hospital; Ashok Jain, MD, chief of staff at Annapolis; Rhonda Berndt, Clinical Manager, ED; Ralph Scolari, MD, Director of Emergency Medicine at Annapolis.

Video of the newly renovated and expanded Emergency Department