Riley Hospital for Children is spending $2.2M to renovate and expand into traditional emergency services. The goal: Treat children with all kinds of emergencies, from raging fevers to sports injuries, whether or not they have chronic medical conditions.
It has bulked up its emergency physician staff from 12 in 2012 to 26 now and is planning to add five more positions. It has reconfigured work stations so nurses can monitor more patients. Around the emergency department, construction workers are building a private area for sexually abused patients and a four-bed behavioral health area for patients who need psychiatric evaluation