Improvements coming to Kaweah Delta's temporary emergency department waiting area
Improvements coming to Kaweah Delta’s temporary emergency department
This month, Kaweah Delta will unveil ‘The Siren Grill,’ and
open more parking spots
VISALIA, CA – As work continues to nearly double the number of patient
beds inside Kaweah Delta Medical Center’s Emergency Department by
2020, all hands are on deck this week to make the temporary ED waiting
and registration area more comfortable for patients and visitors.
To better care for patients and visitors in the temporary ED waiting and
registration area which opened in March to allow construction to continue,
Kaweah Delta is closing down a café it operated adjacent to the
area. On Tuesday, May 7, the café will reopen for patients, visitors
and employees inside a new mobile kitchen or food truck, located north
of the Medical Center’s Surgery Center. The food truck was purchased
in Los Angeles, then brought home to Visalia where it was dubbed “The
Siren Grill,” as a result of an employee naming contest with more
than 200 submissions.
“Everybody is really excited about it. It’s a totally new experience
and a new adventure for us,” said Sonia Sanchez, Kaweah Delta’s
Retail Food Services Manager. “We expect it to be a customer satisfier.”
The Siren Grill will be open weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. and offer
beverages, pastries and other food items. Beginning on Tuesday, May 14,
customers can purchase a specialty item of the day from the grill; one
day it could be a burger, another it could be a quesadilla or a gyro,
Sanchez said. In fall, when work is completed in the Emergency Department
waiting area, the café will reopen inside the hospital, but the
Siren Grill is expected to live on, providing food at other Kaweah Delta campuses.
Kaweah Delta’s Emergency Department is currently undergoing a multi-phase
expansion that is expected to be complete in Summer 2020. It will modernize,
expand and improve Kaweah Delta’s ED facilities to better serve
patients and meet the needs of the growing community by:
- Growing the number of patient beds from 41 to 74 beds
- Nearly doubling the size of the waiting room to accommodate 100+ patients
- Adding a new area that will allow patients to be more quickly screened.
For the next week and a half, as 202 W. Willow, a medical office is painted
and its parking lot is closed, Kaweah Delta is advising patients and visitors
to park in one of the two parking structures across the street from the
Medical Center’s entrances on Willow Street or Acequia Avenue or
use the Medical Center’s free valet parking.
Meanwhile this month, the Medical Center will complete construction on
and open two parking lots outside of its Acequia Avenue entrance, one
of which will add nearly 80 patient and visitor parking spots to the Medical
Center’s downtown Visalia campus.
“As we work hard to modernize, expand and improve facilities, our
parking spaces are at a premium. This is just one of the solutions that
will help patients and visitors find parking closer to our Medical Center,”
said Gary Herbst, Chief Executive Officer of Kaweah Delta.
Construction is nearly complete on the parking lots along Acequia Avenue
from West to Floral streets. One parking lot (on the corner of Acequia
and West) will be for physicians, while the lot closest to the Medical
Center (at the corner of Acequia and Floral) will be a 27-space patient
and visitor lot. With the completion of the physician lot at Acequia and
West, 26 additional patient and visitor parking spots will open up just
west of the Medical Center’s Acequia Wing.
Kaweah Delta is a publicly-owned community healthcare organization that
provides comprehensive health services to the greater Visalia region and
Tulare County. With over 5,000 dedicated medical professionals and employees,
Kaweah Delta is committed to meeting the community’s health needs
through state-of-the-art medicine, high-quality preventive services and
specialized health centers and clinics. For more information, visit www.kaweahdelta.org. #