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Providence ‘Commissions’ the Transformation of its Emergency Center to New Patient-Centric Experience

Apr 19, 2013

April 19, 2013 – Washington, DC –   Washington, DC  Councilman Kenyon McDuffie, members of the Providence Hospital and Foundation Board, Catholic University, and representatives from the major contractors involved in renovating and expanding the current Emergency Center at Providence, joined Providence leaders and the Emergency Center staff to officially ‘commission’ or ‘bless’ the beginning of the transformation process to a more efficient, patient-friendly emergent care destination, on Monday, April 15, 2013.

Ross Auditorium at Providence set the stage for the brief ceremony held to reinforce Providence’s commitment to the community to provide the highest quality care, in a safe and spiritual environment to those in need.

The current Emergency Center at Providence was constructed in 1956 when the hospital opened at 12th and Varnum St., NE.  Designed to care for 30,000 patients, or up to 82 patients per day, today provides care to nearly 50,000 patients from all eight Wards in the District.    The new Emergency Center will include an expansion of 11,000 square feet and accommodate an average capacity of 138 patients per day.

The new layout will include special areas for patients with specific needs.  Each area will have its own exam room, physicians, nurses, and support staff.  The waiting room will be smaller in anticipation of moving patients more quickly through the treatment process to reduce wait times.

During the construction process, a minimum of 33 beds will be available daily and mobile trailers will be situated adjacent to the Emergency Center to provide care for non-acute patients. The renovation and expansion initiative is targeted for completion in July 2014.

“The new Emergency Center will allow us to take even better care of our patients in an environment designed to provide privacy and dignity,” commented Dr. William Strudwick, Director, Providence Emergency Center. “The new layout will be more modern and efficient, and feature the latest technologies in medical care, electronic records and communications,” he stated.

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From left:

Sunita Waddell (Sr. Director, Providence Emergency Center); Jason Adkins (Consultant, KMLK Group, Inc); Vicki Shockey (SVP, Providence Behavioral Health and Support Services);  Claudia Benjamin, Providence Nurse Manager); DC Councilman Kenyon McDuffie; Dr. William Strudwick (Director, Providence Emergency Center); Rebecca Reeves (Project Manager, Whiting-Turner); Marcus Boyer, Katie O’Brien, Steve Lozinski (Whiting-Turner); Amy Freeman (CEO, Providence);  Dr. Joseph Quash, (Providence Cardiologist)

About Providence Hospital - For 151 years, Providence Hospital has provided quality and compassionate medical care for people in the Washington, D.C. area. The longest continuously operating hospital in the nation’s capital—Providence provides a spectrum of state-of-the-art health and wellness services with particular strengths in orthopaedic care, bariatric services, family medicine, maternal and infant health, geriatric medicine, cancer treatment, sleep medicine, diabetes and stroke care.  Using a combination of sophisticated medical technologies, spirituality and compassion, Providence serves with a mission of healing and a dedication to community.


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