BY MELINDA WILLIAMS
Clipper Staff Writer
BOUNTIFUL — A two-year construction project at Lakeview Hospital gave the facility more than additional space and parking.
Administrators say it made it more convenient to come onto the campus and easier to be admitted for care.
The 35-year-old hospital was in need of a facelift, said Brian Lines, chief operating officer for the hospital. The hospital needed to expand its emergency room and surgical center to keep up with the needs of a growing community and to keep up with advancements in medicine.
The hospital’s emergency room was expanded to 9,000 square feet at the cost of $6 million, Lines said.
As state-of-the art rooms were added to the back of the emergency room, patients were cared for in the “fast-track,” rooms in the front of the emergency room.
“The transition was seamless,” said Lakeview spokeswoman Tiffany Burnett.
Changes weren’t made only to the building itself. The hospital’s new design consolidates the registration process for outpatient procedures, helping to guide patients.
“Patents sometimes don’t know where to go, and the registration process now helps guide them to where they have to be next,” Burnett said.
As they are guided through the process, they may notice other changes, meant to provide a soothing atmosphere. Green and blue slate tiles on walls and three-dimensional artwork is meant to ease a patient’s mind and uplift their mood, Burnett said.
The outpatient registration cost another $1.4 million.
The construction also expanded the parking on the surgical side of the hospital, making it much more accessible to patients, Lines said.
MountainStar hospitals nationwide are continually upgrading to keep pace with growing and changing medical needs, Lines said. The hospitals look at what others with the corporation are doing and incorporate the best of those ideas.
At Lakeview, the rooms are remodeled and upgraded frequently, providing more room for equipment, staff and visitors.
“It’s much easier on patients to have an X-ray done in their room, than to be taken down to X-ray, and the larger rooms can facilitate that,” said Burnett.