New ER aims to reduce wait time

3:10 PM, Apr 7, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - Time efficiency is the name of the game at the new emergency room at the University of Colorado Hospital. 

"The goal is really to change the patient experience, to be able to decrease the time that a patient spends through the process of emergency care, expedited mission to the hospital, provide state-of-the-art testing at the bedside immediately for patients and really optimize the patient experience, " Emergency Medicine Department Chair Richard Zane said.

The $400 million expansion, which officially opened Sunday morning, nearly doubles the size of the old ER.

Rather than spending time in a waiting room, the goal is that patients immediately see a doctor.

On-site centers for cat scans and MRI's are supposed to reduce how long patients wait for test results.

The new ER is part of a larger project to increase the hospital's size by 300 beds and 700,000-square feet.

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