Community announces $13.5M renovation, expansion | Local News

Community Medical Center & Community Children’s announced Wednesday it is breaking ground on a $13.5 million expansion and remodel of its existing emergency department.

“Many hours of careful thought and planning went into the new emergency department, and I’m excited to break ground on this new facility,” said Dr. Nancy Trangmoe, medical director for Community Medical Center’s Emergency Department, in a statement. “It is important to us that we provide care and facilities that meet the needs of our patients.

In its announcement, Community notes the department will offer adult and pediatric emergency services and amenities, including the following: private rooms, dedicated behavioral health rooms, bariatric sensitive spaces, dedicated isolation room with a decontamination area for patients with contagious diseases, pediatric rooms, new trauma bays, heated ambulance garage, and 911 lounge for first responders.

The news release noted the project is possible because of an investment from LifePoint Health, which owns and operates community hospitals. Community is a joint venture with LifePoint Health and Billings Clinic.

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Community noted an analysis of population growth and demographic projections showed the need to renovate and expand the emergency department “to better serve the community.” Citing Bureau of Labor Statistics, Community said the population of people 65 and older in the area is expected to grow roughly 18 percent in the next five years, which will increase demand for health care services. The hospital also said the new pediatric spaces will help Community as a “regional leader in pediatric care” help meet the unique needs of children and families during emergencies.

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