Other elements in the expansion include the addition of a new CT scanner in the ER, a fifth trauma bay and four rooms designated as a waiting area for exam results.
"The ER is the first experience many people have with a hospital and it is Lutheran's goal to make that initial experience pleasant and seamless," said Lutheran Health Network CEO Brian Bauer in a release. "We constantly look for ways to streamline our process in the ER so patients quickly receive quality care."
Expansion and renovation of the ER will be completed in five phases, with Phase I to begin in April. The entire project is scheduled to be finished by October of 2018.
When completed, Lutheran Hospital's emergency room will have 28 treatment rooms, five trauma rooms and more employee work stations.
"Adding the transition unit gives certain patients a dedicated area to stay as we work to determine their best course of treatment," said Lutheran Hospital COO Scott Weiskittel. "Some patients also need a little more time before they can confidently return home, which is equally reassuring to medical staff."
This new project is the latest in a series of Lutheran Health Network initiatives to designed to lower wait times and improve the experience of emergency room patients.
MSKTD & Associates are designers and architects of the project, with Weigand Construction serving as the general contractor.