Wahiawa General emergency room will undergo $3.5 million renovation

Wahiawa General Hospital is getting some much-needed upgrades.

The Central Oahu hospital will receive $3.5 million in capital improvement grants to renovate and expand its emergency room, Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced Friday.

This will be the first time in four decades the department is renovated.

Plans include expanding from seven to 16 beds, adding private treatment rooms over curtained cubicles, and upgrading monitoring equipment for improved cardio-pulmonary support.

The facility itself will more than double in size, from 2,472 to 5,634 square feet, once work is completed.

“Right now Wahiawa General Hospital’s emergency room is operating at an overcapacity and the funding will help it truly serve the area without diverting patients to other hospitals,” said Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui. “This is especially important when every minute counts during an emergency situation.”

The emergency room receives an average of 60 visits per day.

The project is expected to break ground this September with anticipated completion by September 2015.

Renderings provided by Architects Hawaii Ltd.

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