Kadlec Free Standing Emergency Department

Kennewick, WA

Kadlec Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department was beginning to reach its maximum capacity. Rather than building a difficult and costly expansion, they decided to build a Free Standing Emergency Department 12 miles from the hospital, where 40% of Emergency Department visitors live.

Based on Lean principles the team of ER clinicians used the design process to discover and refine protocols that would cut the patient’s time in the ER by one half and would eliminate waiting. Exam and procedure rooms surround a central staffing area. Each exam room has two doors, one from the patient side and one from the staff side.

This improved the quality of patient care and privacy, and enhances the efficiency of the staff. The glass entry lobby of the building acts as a beacon to the community.


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