Methodist University Hospital to Renovate and Expand Emergency Room

Published On 08/14/2012

To better serve patients and increase efficiency, Methodist University Hospital at 1265 Union Avenue will be asking permission from the State to renovate and expand its emergency department. Methodist plans to file a Certificate of Need with the Tennessee Health Services Development Agency tomorrow for the more than $33 million project. 

“We are committed to Midtown and the Downtown Medical Center area and believe that this renovation and expansion will allow us to better serve our patients in those areas and beyond,” said Jamie Carter, chief operating officer, Methodist University Hospital. 

The new emergency department will essentially become the "front door" of the hospital on Eastmoreland. Two adjoining buildings on the campus, the Doctors’ building and the West buildings at the corner of Bellevue and Eastmoreland will be demolished. The new emergency department will be a two-story structure with a heliport on the roof. The lower level will house the new ambulance entrance and parking area with elevators to the main floor. The project adds 93,000 square feet of new space and includes 6,200 square feet of renovated space. The estimated total project costs are $33,488,985. 

The new center adds 16 patient treatment areas bringing the total treatment areas in the center to 54. The center will be built to green building design standards and the hospital will seek LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. 

Methodist University Hospital is a tertiary teaching center affiliated with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and recognized by The Joint Commission as a Center for both AMI (Acute Myocardial Infarction or heart attack) and stroke. 

“We see patients from all over the Memphis area and the region.” said Carter. Our growth over the last five years has been intense. In 2007 our emergency department volume was 46,500. In 2011 we treated more than 56,000 patients.” 

The new emergency department will be able to accommodate 70,000 patients annually. 

“With this renovation and expansion, we will have better flow to allow our clinicians to deliver better quality care with greater efficiency. It will also create a more practical space for our EMS community,” said Carter. “They will be able to offload patients faster and the new design will be a much more user-friendly for patients and EMS staff with more shelter from the elements.” 

Carter said the new space will planned with a patient and family centered care approach.  

“Just as we are doing all across our health system, patients and families will have a say in the planning of the new emergency department,” said Carter. “With their input we will gain the benefit of their help and insights to create the best space to deliver care.” 

Carter said that while the emergency department has had minor renovations over the last few years, the space was designed and built over 40 years ago. 

“This new emergency department is a long-term solution for the community and our patients,” he said.