Aspirus Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids celebrated completion of its new emergency department on February 26. The grand opening celebration included self-guided tours, light refreshments and a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The new 17,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art emergency department is comprised of 16 rooms, including 12 exam rooms, two trauma rooms and two cardiac rooms. It also features a dedicated phlebotomist for laboratory blood draws, a CT suite, and an imaging suite, ensuring that these diagnostic services are immediately available for emergency patients.
The new Aspirus Riverview emergency department will feature “immediate bedding”- the latest model for providing patients with the most efficient, private and comfortable care possible. Patients will be greeted upon arrival by an EMT or paramedic, who will immediately take them to a treatment room for bedside triage and registration.
“More than 20,000 people visit the Aspirus Riverview emergency department each year,” said Todd Burch, President of Aspirus Riverview Hospital & Clinics. “This space was designed to meet the needs of our community. Your new emergency department improves the capacity to care for more patients, as well as benefits patients and staff with improved space, functionality, privacy and safety.”
“We have completely redesigned our workflows with the patient in mind,” said Paul Frigoli, Director of Emergency Services at Aspirus Riverview Hospital. “We did all of this so we could strengthen our relationships with our patients – providing them with an environment where they know they will be treated with both expertise and compassion.”
“I am proud to be a part of the Aspirus Riverview family who cares so much for this community that they would make an $11 million investment in ensuring that you receive care in a state-of-the-art facility,” said Dr. Yevgeny “Gene” Bulbin, Medical Director of Emergency Services at Aspirus Riverview Hospital. “The new emergency department was carefully designed to support providers, nurses, technicians and emergency responders in their varying roles, enabling them to provide high-quality service and timely care.”
The new emergency department will open for patient care on March 4. Until then, patients will continue to be treated in the current ER.
Caring for more than 20,000 patients annually, Aspirus Riverview Hospital’s emergency department is a Level III Trauma Center. It is certified by The Joint Commission as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital and utilizes telestroke technology to provide stroke patients with immediate remote diagnosis and treatment. Aspirus Riverview was recently recognized for achieving a door-to-CT time for stroke patients of one minute, compared with the state average of 20 minutes.
About Aspirus Riverview
Aspirus Riverview Hospital & Clinics is a non-profit, community health care organization based in Wisconsin Rapids. It includes Aspirus Riverview Hospital, Aspirus Doctors Clinic & Walk-In Care, Aspirus Riverview Clinics in Wisconsin Rapids, Nekoosa, Rome and Adams, Aspirus Heart & Vascular, Aspirus UW Cancer Center, Aspirus Riverview Wound & Hyperbarics, Aspirus Riverview Joint Center, Aspirus Riverview Therapies and Aspirus Riverview Dental. Aspirus Riverview Hospital has been recognized as a top 100 community and rural hospital in the country for four consecutive years, and Aspirus was recently named one of the top 15 health care systems in the nation.
Aspirus Riverview Hospital & Clinics continues to grow and add services in the communities it serves. In addition to the new emergency department, the new Aspirus Riverview Family Birthplace opened on February 14, and the new Aspirus Riverview Clinic Adams opened on January 14. Additionally, Aspirus Riverview Clinic in Wisconsin Rapids added behavioral health services in 2018 to help meet the area’s growing need for mental health and substance abuse services. To learn more about Aspirus, visit aspirus.org or call 800.847.4707.
Aspirus is a non-profit, community-directed health system based in Wausau, Wisconsin. Its 7,700 employees are focused on improving the health and well-being of people throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Aspirus serves communities through four hospitals in Upper Michigan and four hospitals in Wisconsin, more than 50 clinics, home health and hospice care, pharmacies, critical care and air-medical transport, medical goods, nursing homes and a broad network of physicians. Aspirus was recognized by IBM Watson Health as a Top 15 Health System in its 2018 annual study identifying the top-performing health systems in the country. For more information, visit aspirus.org
Aspirus Riverview representatives celebrate the grand opening of Aspirus Riverview Hospital’s new emergency department. The new ER opens on March 4. Cutting the ribbon are (from left): Kimberly Johnson, Chief Nursing Officer, Jim Churchill, Registered Nurse - Team Lead, Kathy Palm, Trauma & EMS Coordinator, Paul Frigoli, Director of Emergency Services, and Dr. Yevgeny “Gene” Bulbin, Medical Director of Emergency Services. Also pictured are Nan Taylor, Director of Business Development & Community Relations, and Todd Burch, President of Aspirus Riverview Hospital & Clinics.
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