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    Arriving at 3:05 a.m., a baby with ear pain was the first patient to be treated in the new Emergency Department at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup.

    "It's going great," the charge nurse said early Thursday morning. "There's a lot of excitement. Everyone is figuring out where they need to be. It's a little crazy but it's good crazy."

    The opening of the new Emergency Department on Feb. 17 marked the start of a new era of health care for residents of Puyallup and East Pierce County.

    The new Emergency Department, with 46 private treatment rooms and four triage rooms, is on the first floor of the 9-story, 357,000-square-foot tower at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital. In addition to the new space, staff members already have streamlined procedures to make an emergency visit as quick and comfortable as possible for patients and their families.

    Other departments in the new tower will make the transition over the next few weeks. Good Samaritan will continue to use all of the existing hospital patient rooms, converting as many as possible to single occupancy after a refresh of these rooms.

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    Puyallup Herald (story and slideshow): "Good Samaritan Hospital to open new patient tower"

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    By MIMI JUNG for KING 5 News:

    MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup recently underwent a high-tech makeover.

    The new facility is now twice the size of the old one, and the changes are revolutionizing patient care.

    One of the changes can be noticed right when patients walk in the doors -- it's calm and soothing in the waiting room, away from diagnostic and treatment rooms. Patient rooms upstairs are spacious, all private and each feature something few hospitals can boast -- a smart board that allows patients to access the Internet, radio and TV. It even helps with translations.

    For the full story, visit KING 5's website.


    By Holly Smith Peterson in the Business Examiner:

    Normally you don’t think of a hospital as a place for a party. But on Feb. 13, hundreds of people from throughout the South Sound community gathered for an afternoon-long celebration of the opening of the Patient Care Tower at Puyallup’s MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital.

    “The new patient tower will allow us to change the way health care is provided to the residents of east Pierce County for generations to come,” said hospital president and CEO John Long. “Much of the credit goes to the Puyallup City Council, the leadership of the city staff, and all of the involved departments. The patient tower will be a magnet in bringing in new residents and new talent.” 


    By Andrew Fickes in the Puyallup Herald:

    MultiCare Good Samaritan has announced that 21st century medicine has found a new home town. The opening of the hospital’s new 357,000-square-foot, nine story, patient tower and emergency department is an accomplishment the hospital’s President John Long takes tremendous pride in.

    “The new patient tower will allow us to change the way health care is provided to the residents of East Pierce County for generations to come,” Long said. 


    By Keith Seinfeld, KPLU

    New emergency rooms keep opening around Western Washington. It's part of a trend.

    On Thursday (Feb. 17) ... MultiCare opens a new medical tower at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup -- which has the busiest ER in Pierce County. 

    It turns out, the busiest ER’s in Washington are mostly outside the biggest cities.

    For the full story, visit KPLU's website.


    By Rob Carson in The News Tribune:

    The hospital's new emergency department ... is twice the size of Good Sam’s existing emergency department. Walk-in patients and ambulance crews have separate entrances. When the new tower opens Feb. 17, incoming patients will be whisked through four triage rooms for assessment instead of the single one now available. The number of treatment rooms will go from 27 to 46.

    The new tower’s upper levels are filled with surgical suites, 78 patient rooms (all singles) and a critical care center. ...

    “This is our thinking,” said John Long, who became president of Good Samaritan in 2006. “Every person wants to get as much of the health care as he can in his own community. Nobody wants to travel for health care."

    Tower lobby ceiling

    Posted on Feb 22, 2011 in