Lankenau Medical Center, built to handle 35,000 patients per year was experiencing a volume of about 54,000 patients per year. FCA was retained for the emergency department expansion project which will result in an additional 32,200 SF of space used for an expanded triage area, super-track, intermediate, acute and trauma treatment areas and radiology capabilities. Included in this project is one level of below grade parking adjacent to the new addition to provide convenient parking for ED patients and their loved ones.
Through the planning process, FCA worked closely with the clinical team to devise a flow diagram that reflected the way they wanted to function in their new emergency department. The approach, classified as a pivot/sort model, includes the design of a quick registration and triage process at check-in that can help sort individuals by their identified level of acuity as fast as possible. The FCA team also designed the walk-in entry and ambulance entry near one another to have the pivot triage team care for both patient populations. The Lankenau Emergency Department will need to maintain operation 24/7 while construction is ongoing. The expansion is more than doubling the number of patient beds and will allow Lankenau to deliver advanced emergency services in an innovative and highly functional space.