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The emergency wing at St. Luke's Hospital is getting a makeover, and on
Friday they held a Three Blind Wines fundraiser to help pay for a new
children's activity center for the waiting room.
The hospital is increasing capacity and making sure privacy is a top
priority. They have noticed a higher influx of patients with more serious
injuries, so officials wanted to re-equip the hospital so it's prepared for the
"Overall it the flow of the patients," said Daniel Wakeman, St. Luke's
president. "One of the key things we're finding right now is our volumes in the
emergency room have pretty much, what I call flattened out in the last few
years, but the patients that are coming in are sicker. By putting in the new
equipment and the layout, we can actually treat patients faster and better."
The emergency room is still operating while under construction. It is
being done a section at a time.
Friday night, they held a fundraiser to raise money for a new
children's activity center.
"The dollars raised from that are going to purchase not only the
furniture for that waiting area, but smart boards," Wakeman said. "They're
going to put in smart boards for the kids when they come in and they're
waiting, to really give them an activity to keep them engaged in a safe way."
The $5 million project is expected to be completed by January.