March 20, 1996
Media Contact: John Cramer
Phone: (410) 955-1534

Aiming to provide better, faster and less expensive care, Johns Hopkins will open its redesigned adult emergency department at 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 2. The new facility, which cost $1.25 million, has the same square footage but now has 28 treatment rooms (up from 22), a larger triage area and a new large treatment room for minor injuries and ailments. New walls, floors, ceilings, lighting, heating and air-conditioning have been installed, and the more open design will allow patients to be treated more efficiently, says Jim Scheulen, the department's administrator.

The department also is opening a new cardiac evaluation center designed to determine within 12 hours if people with chest pain are having a heart attack. Currently, these patients are admitted for several days of tests.

The renovation will serve the department's interim needs until about the year 2000 when the new Cardiovascular Institute and Center for Emergency Services is built near the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center. When the Johns Hopkins Hospital opened in 1889, the emergency department was called the "accident room" and had two beds in 320 square feet. Patients were treated for free, and a year later the fee was raised to 10 cents for patients able to pay. Today's adult emergency department, with 10,000 square feet, treats 50,000 patients a year. The department serves as Maryland's pediatric trauma center and as a regional adult trauma center.

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