Providence Alaska Medical Center to expand emergency department

June 03, 2016

Expansion adds 13 additional rooms, including rooms for pediatric emergency patients

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Providence Alaska Medical Center received a Certificate of Need from the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services commissioner on May 20, 2016, approving the hospital’s request to build 13 emergency department treatment rooms, including rooms for the care of pediatric emergency patients.

Providence will now finalize design work and a construction timeline so we can proceed as quickly as possible to address the emergency department capacity challenges in our community. The renovation of existing PAMC space has started and the new treatment rooms are anticipated to be fully operational in early 2018.

This expansion is needed to maintain immediate availability of trauma care to injured Alaskans, consistent with the state’s goals and plans for improving Alaska’s health care system. The additional rooms will include pediatric emergency space, which will allow children to be cared for in a child-friendly environment designed to meet the unique physiological, developmental and emotional needs of pediatric patients.

“Having an emergency treatment area for children will help reduce anxiety for children and curtail stress parents feel when having to visit an emergency room,” said Richard Mandsager, M.D., chief executive, Providence Alaska Medical Center. “Additionally, this expansion ensures we have the emergency department capacity to continue providing trauma care to Alaskans across our state.”

The pediatric treatment area will include a full-time child life specialist on staff, which is recommended by the American Society on Pediatrics. Child life specialists help children and parents understand and cope with illnesses and injuries.

When completed, this project will expand the number of emergency department treatment rooms from 37 to 50, including two trauma rooms. Construction will be completed in several phases to reduce impact to patients and caregivers.

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About Providence Alaska Medical Center

Providence Alaska Medical Center, a nationally recognized trauma center, is part of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities. For more information about PAMC, visit: alaska.providence.org.