Kaweah Delta Emergency Department Construction Updates
Due to our two-year construction project to modernize, expand and improve
our Emergency Department facilities, staff and patients may experience
some minor changes around the Mineral King Wing through 2019. Here’s
the latest on how our construction may impact you:
December 4 - December 18:
For two weeks, visitors and patients will be asked to enter the Mineral
King Wing through the temporary entrance located adjacent to the Emergency
Department. Once inside, helpful volunteers and directional signage will
direct you to your intended destinations.
We thank you for your patience as we work to help meet the needs of our
growing community and better serve our patients.
Kaweah Delta Medical Center’s Emergency Department (ED) is one of
the busiest in California, caring for approximately 90,000 patients each
year. The medical center’s ED was originally designed to support
the treatment of 72,000 patients a year. But, as the only trauma center
between Fresno and Bakersfield, and one of only two emergency departments
serving the nearly 500,000 living in Tulare County, Kaweah Delta is seeing
in excess of 250 patients a day, on a regular basis.
When patients seek care in Kaweah Delta’s ED, it is important that
they receive prompt, efficient and life-saving care. This ED Expansion
will modernize, expand and improve Kaweah Delta’s ED facilities
to help better serve patients and meet the needs of our growing community.
This expansion will bring the community:
Space. The number of ED patient beds will nearly double, growing from 41 beds
to 74 beds.
More Comfort. The waiting area will more than double in size to provide 100+ patients
and their families with a larger, more comfortable environment. Currently,
the ED waiting area can accommodate approximately 65 people.
More Medical Staff. When complete, there will be more medical providers and nurses providing
care in the newly expanded ED.
More Timely/Efficient Care. Our new fast track area will allow our team to more quickly screen patients,
determine the level of their illness or injury, and provide them the precise
level of care they need.
All hospital services will remain open throughout this expansion. Through
early 2019, patients/visitors may experience a variety of changes which
will include reduced parking around the Mineral King Avenue entrance.
During this time, we strongly recommend that hospital visitors and patients
use valet parking, whenever possible, or park in the Willow and Acequia
parking structures. The city has opened up more all-day parking in these
structures and we have added more space for valet parking and more hands
to help with this service.
Two years (Winter 2017-Summer 2019)
Cost: $32.8 million
Funding: Partial proceeds from the $100 million revenue bonds sold by Kaweah Delta
in December 2015. Principal and interest will be repaid to bond holders
from revenues received by Kaweah Delta for providing patient care services.