Franciscan Health Opens Expanded Emergency Department in Olympia Fields
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Illinois - The new Franciscan Health Olympia Fields Emergency Department opened on February 24, 2018. The new Emergency Department consists of 32 treatment rooms, including six minor care beds for treating those with illness or injury of minor acuity, two trauma rooms, and three nurse stations for optimal workflow and proximity to patients.
A spacious waiting area and modern design touches help to create a more comfortable environment at the Franciscan Health Olympia Fields’ new emergency department. It is designed to improve patient flow with the goal of providing quality care more effectively and efficiently.
It is also designed to enable EMS professionals to deliver emergency patients and return to serve their communities as quickly as possible. To accomplish that, the Emergency Department includes a greatly expanded EMS room, resupply closet and EMS tracking board positioned near the ambulance dock.
The Franciscan Health Emergency Department is staffed by board-certified emergency physicians, who have received comprehensive, specialized training in all phases of emergency medical care. It is also staffed by trauma nurse specialists with certifications in basic life support, advanced cardiovascular life support and pediatric advanced life support.
The new emergency department is part of the hospital's plan to consolidate services between its Chicago Heights and Olympia Fields campuses. The expanded Olympia Fields Emergency Department is designed to accommodate increased demand when it is consolidated with the Chicago Heights Emergency Department later this year.
Until then, the Chicago Heights Emergency Department will continue operation at full capacity.
"The expanded Emergency Department is part of our larger plan to build a mission-driven, modern system of care that includes centralized emergency and inpatient care at Olympia Fields; primary, preventive and urgent care services at Chicago Heights, and sites of care throughout the Southland," said Allan Spooner, Franciscan Health Olympia Fields and Chicago Heights President.
"We're only getting started," Spooner said. "Throughout this year, we will open new and updated facilities in Olympia Fields, Chicago Heights and throughout the Southland."
Already this year, Franciscan Health has opened a new Walk-In Clinic in Tinley Park and new state-of-the-art surgical suites, a new inpatient medical/surgical nursing unit with fully-appointed private rooms and a renovated infusion suite with 24 private treatment bays in Olympia Fields.