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MultiCare Covington ED opens for first patients
At 7 a.m. today, the illumination of a red "Emergency" sign announced the opening of the MultiCare Covington Emergency Department.
"Gives us goosebumps," said one employee.
Not much later, the first patients began to arrive for treatment.
The first came in at 8:14 a.m., and less than three minutes later he was seamlessly checked in and escorted back to be examined. He heard from his physician that the new ED was open at 17700 S.E. 272nd St. in Covington.
"We are officially open!" Hugh Kodama, Administrator of MultiCare Covington, said at 7:01 a.m. A staff member shook his hand and said, "Congratulations."
“Everyone is ready to go," said Kathleen Clary, Clinical Director of the Covington ED. "We are just excited to get this moving.”
This new Emergency Department is MultiCare's first free-standing ED model and will be located next to the urgent care. It’s 24,000 square feet and will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Features in the new Emergency Department include:
Total of 19 treatment rooms, four of which are specialized for children, with a child-friendly separate waiting area.
Advanced imaging services will be located in the Emergency Department, including digital X-ray, CT and ultrasound, which will allow for faster diagnostic procedures.
The ambulance bay will be large enough to handle four ambulances at a time.
The ambiance of the building will be warm and soothing, with a modern, Northwest theme and plenty of natural light.
The completion of the new emergency department represents the first phase of a long-term plan to continue to offer more health care services in Covington. Plans are under way for a 58-bed hospital that will include the community’s first childbirth center, expanded pediatric services, more surgical services and a women’s and children’s health center.
To learn more, visit multicare.org/Covington-medical.