Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, New State-Of-The-Art, Emergency Department


Advanced Medical Facility

Marcus Daly's new 24 hr 7 day a week Emergency Department offers Ravalli County residents some of the most advanced medical technology available and based on its size and design it is projected to meet to growing emergency healthcare needs for the next 25 years.

"When there is an emergency, its minutes that matter", this new Emergency Department is an advanced medical facility and one not to miss", said James Hansen, MD, Emergency Physician.

New Emergency Department Grand Opening Celebration Welcomes a Full House

On Friday afternoon, July 18, under the big tent, nearly 1200 visitors flowed into the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital parking lot to celebrate the opening of our new 20,000 sq. foot, state-of-the-art Emergency Department. The Emergency Department Grand Opening attracted visitors from all over Ravalli County, as far as the Painted Rocks area, as well as from Helena and Missoula. All enjoyed lunch, a few words from Sonny LaSalle, Hospital Board President, Mr. John Bartos, Hospital CEO, James Hansen, MD, Emergency Physician and others. After the ceremonial ribbon cutting visitors had the opportunity to take a behind the scenes tour that included nine different stations in the new Emergency Department. Each tour station was hosted by a friendly, knowledgeable Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital team member who was proud to share the many new features, technology and benefits available in this new facility. According to Terry Tignor, Emergency Department Ward Clerk, "Oh man, I love every minute of being here and being a part of this exciting time!"

The celebration seemed to be enjoyed by all and those that took the tour were impressed. One visitor said, "This really is a well planned Emergency Department and has an advanced big city feel."

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Old to New…Emergency Department Transition

Immediately following the Emergency Department Grand Opening Celebration, many of the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital staff scattered to take a quick nap, in preparation for the next big project, actual transition from the old Emergency Department to the new Emergency Department. The Marcus Daly Emergency Department is always open; therefore a transition plan was necessary. This plan included at 3am on Saturday morning a team of 30 plus staff members gathered in new Emergency Department to begin the final steps of transitioning from the old to the new. As planning for emergency patients is not possible, this team was fortunate because the last patient came in at 2:30am on Saturday morning and not until 8:30am on Saturday morning did the next emergency patient arrive, unlike Friday and into Saturday afternoon when emergency patients were lined up for services in the old emergency waiting area. The first and all emergency patients are greeted at the main entrance of new Emergency Department by Marcus Daly Transporter, many are then immediately brought into the treatment area, were the patient work up begins. According to Lisa Lackner, RN, MSN, Emergency Department Manager, "this new facility offers a patient centered design and includes the technology necessary to offer quality patient care. We are here to ensure that Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital's patients' needs are met and exceeded."

Marcus Daly Emergency Team is ready to care for you in the new Emergency Department. All emergencies use the new building. Enter from the north parking lot off of 10th Street and Pine or Main.

Our commitment to the Bitterroot Valley is quality, accessible, personalized healthcare.

Vision has Become a Reality

"Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital's new Emergency Department has been a community effort, "said Sonny LaSalle, Hospital Board Chairman. "After years of planning, dreaming, financing and 15 months of building, the Emergency Department is here and ready to serve the residents of Ravalli County." "We are committed to Daly Excellence for every patient and family member that enters the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital and its medical practices." "On Saturday, July 19th, the new Emergency Department will be fully operational and for the first time, will treat emergency patients in the new space," added Mr. LaSalle.

"The facility is just over $5 million, and was made possible through the Ravalli County Residents and the Montana Facility Finance Authority", said Mr. John Bartos, CEO. "We appreciate the residents of Ravalli County and are here to provide exceptional care, 24hrs a day 7 days a week". "According to Ron Kullick, Director of the Daly Hospital Foundation, the Foundation is working diligently toward the launch of a capital campaign to secure funds necessary to financially support the remaining phases of the visionary six phase, expansion/renovation project."

Comfort, Convenience and Care

The new Emergency Department is phase one of the six phase project; it is designed for the comfort, convenience and care of our patients and their loved ones. With sixteen stretchers and individual spacious and private patient treatment rooms, most equipped with restrooms and many include the state-of-the-art Hill-Rom Overhead Handling System for more care giving space and improved patient access.

The new emergency department is equipped with computerized wireless devises to speed the flow of decision-making information to medical professionals and improve the quality of care, as well as allow for bedside registration. Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital's film less; computerized radiology systems will provide up-to-the-minute information and fully integrate with electronic information in the new Emergency Department and throughout the hospital and clinics.

The interior décor is designed to enhance the healing process with expansive windows in the waiting area, a skylight over the centralized nursing station and is finished with warm, pleasant, calming colors.

Phase One of a Six Phase Expansion Project

The remaining 5 phases of the expansion project are the following; phase 2 rehabilitation center, phase 3 general stores and mechanical building, phase 4 birthing suite, intensive care unit, central admissions and cafeteria, phase 5 expansion of surgery and radiology and phase 6 future patient rooms.

We look forward to seeing you on July 18th in the north parking lot! Festivities will take place from 12noon to 4pm. For more information call 363.2211

Media Opportunities

For more information,to schedule a pre or post tour through the new Emergency Department or assistance in scheduling interviews with the above quoted parties, please contact Amy James-Linton, Market Director at 406.375.4589 or at ajames@mdmh.org.





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