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The Emergency Department (ED) expansion and remodel project underway at Benefis Health System is transforming the existing ED into a cutting-edge trauma center, ready to provide life-saving emergency care when you or your family are in need.
The size of the ED will be nearly doubled through both new construction and remodeling. Once the project is complete, the Benefis ED will be the largest emergency department in the state of Montana at more than 38,000 square feet.
The new ED is being built in three major phases to ensure continuous operations. There will be no interruption to the quality or level of emergency care during any phase of the Benefis ED construction project.
The Benefis ED is always open, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We will continue to serve the more than 34,000 patients who rely on the Benefis ED annually. The entire project is on schedule to be completed at the end of 2018.
The first two phases include new construction and remodeled internal areas.
While the new ED may look complete from the outside, there is still major construction taking place inside different sections of the ED. Noise within the ED is unavoidable during this time. We apologize for the inconvenience and ask for understanding from patients and visitors as work continues on this monumental project.
The third and final phase of the Benefis ED expansion and remodel project will include:
The Benefis ED is the region’s only level II trauma center, the highest designation available in the state. Montana’s other level II trauma centers are located in Billings and Missoula. The closest level I trauma center is in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The new ED features an innovative design that allows more efficient, patient-friendly care with shorter wait times.
We used input from staff, providers, patients, and families when creating this design. Full-size mock-up rooms were built prior to construction so clinical teams could test the room designs and make sure they were outfitted to handle any situation.
The new ED features high-tech equipment and the flexibility to accommodate future technological advancements. Some of the cutting-edge equipment includes:
When the Williams-Ario Regional Emergency and Trauma Center first opened its doors two decades ago in 1998, the ED served approximately 24,000 patients per year. Today, Benefis Health System provides vital emergency care to nearly 34,000 patients each year—working day and night to save lives.
This crucial construction project to expand and update the Benefis ED would not have been possible without our amazing donors. Benefis Foundation donors have funded an incredible $2.5 million of this $12.5 million project.
The generosity and support of our donors is helping to ensure the future of world-class, life-saving emergency care for years to come. Thank you.
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