Touchette Regional Hospital building $2.3 million ER

News-DemocratFebruary 14, 2014 

— Construction is underway on a new emergency room at Touchette Regional Hospital that will provide better service with the latest technology.

Chief Operating Officer Tom Mikkelson said the Centreville hospital's emergency room at 5900 Bond Ave. has been gutted and current emergency services have been temporarily relocated to the second floor. Over the next five months, seven additional ER treatment rooms will be added, a larger triage space will be built and a new decontamination unit will be constructed.

The hospital has received $2.3 million in grants from the Hospital Capital Investment Program of the Illinois Department of Public Health Center for Rural Health. Mikkelson said the renovation has been planned for some time and the former emergency room was too small and needed an upgrade.

"It was too small and it was just very crowded and made it difficult for patients transiting through," Mikkelson said. "It was designed from many, many years ago and it was a small space. The new emergency room should be a lot better for service and should be better customer satisfaction and be able to handle a lot more smoothly."

The project is expected to be completed by June 30. Mikkelson said he does not know if any new employees will be added. The hospital employs about 500 workers and has 127 beds.

This is the latest renovation at the metro-east hospital. Two years ago, the hospital completed renovation of its surgery, intensive care unit and behavioral health unit more than two years ago. Last year, the hospital added advanced digital MRI services, which are offered seven days a week.

Last June, the hospital announced a partnership with St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville to create a $10 million, 30-bed inpatient new regional mental health center at the Centreville hospital's campus.

The new unit will more than double the number of inpatient beds for behavioral health services currently available at the Centreville hospital. Construction will begin this year and construction is anticipated to take two a half years to complete.

Contact reporter Will Buss at or 239-2526.

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