Genesis to Relocate Bethesda Emergency Department Entrance
On April 15, 2013, a fence will be erected at Genesis-Bethesda Hospital to secure the construction site of a new addition for the hospital’s planned expansion. The fence will enclose the emergency department parking lot and entrance, and walk-in emergency patients will be directed to use the main hospital entrance.
The main hospital entrance will be unlocked and staffed 24 hours a day with trained personnel. Upon entry, patients will be assessed and taken to the existing emergency department for treatment. Visible signage will be in place to direct patients to the appropriate entrance. Ambulances will be instructed to go to the Genesis-Good Samaritan Emergency Department.
“We want the community to know that for now they can still receive emergency care at Bethesda as they have in the past, although the current emergency department entrance will be inaccessible,” stated Richard Helsper, Genesis Chief Operating Officer.
On June 30, the Bethesda Emergency Department will close, and all emergency care will be provided at Good Samaritan until the new medical center opens at the Bethesda site in 2015. More information on the planned closure will be communicated as the date approaches.
“We realize this will be a change for the community. We explored several options to ensure continued access to high quality emergency care during construction, and this is the best solution. Our two-phase plan will keep the Bethesda Emergency Department open while changes are made to accommodate more patients at Good Samaritan. We will widely communicate the details of the Bethesda Emergency Department closure well in advance of the effective date,” Helsper said.
For several years, Genesis has encouraged obstetric, pediatric and psychiatric patients to use the emergency department at Bethesda, and all others needing emergency care to go to Good Samaritan. This will remain the same for now, except for ambulances, which will be instructed to go to Good Samaritan. The community is also reminded of the two Genesis FirstCare centers – on Maple Avenue and Maysville Pike – for treatment of illnesses or injuries that are not life-threatening. Both centers are open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
“This is an exciting time for the community and everyone at Genesis as the first real signs of construction become visible,” stated Helsper. “We will make every effort to minimize inconvenience during construction, with every decision focused on what is in the best interest of our patients. We appreciate the community’s ongoing support as we create their new Genesis medical center.”
The Genesis construction project will transform the current Genesis-Bethesda Hospital into an expanded, modern medical center. It will include construction of a large connected addition, a cancer center and medical office building, and renovation of the existing Bethesda Hospital. The expanded medical center will include all private patient rooms and Centers of Excellence for heart and vascular, cancer, orthopedics, women’s health, neuroscience and trauma/emergency. Groundbreaking is set for May 11, and the new medical center is scheduled to open in 2015.