After nearly four years of construction, Tulsa has a new trauma emergency center.
"What we are opening is a replacement trauma emergency center, pediatric emergency center and 150 bed tower," said Lynn Sund, Senior Vice President at Saint Francis Hospital.
The 500 square foot building is the hospital's largest expansion since it opened in 1960. It contains four trauma/resuscitation rooms, 12 acute/critical care rooms, 39 adult general medicine stations, four triage stations, one decontamination room, ability to expand to 114 clinical stations during disaster events, two CT suites, two radiology rooms, one cath lab and an ambulance bay designed to accommodate up to 14 ambulances at once. Sund said it offers services the old building lacks.
"We have actually doubled the size of our trauma resuscitation areas. So instead of two trauma resuscitation areas we now have four. And then we have a revascularization lab in the trauma emergency center. That will be a new service because in the past we had to transport the patient to other parts of the hospital for that service," Sund said.
The entire facility is designed to serve more than 170,000 patients a year. Officials said there are several reasons for the expansion, but patient care tops the list.
"This is huge to be able to have a definitive care center right here in your backyard for Tulsans, but also for the region to be able to bring those patients to us, so we can care for those patients so even if you are in a smaller community you have full access to this trauma center," said Dr. Robert Goodwin.
Hospital officials told us the expansion allows them to renovate the older areas. They plan to open two intermediate care units and a joint center.
If you are interested in touring the facility you can attend the public open house happening this Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.