United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

Bay Pines VA Opens new Emergency Department
January 22, 2009

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The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System will open a new renovated and expanded Emergency Department (ED). This new ED nearly triples in size to 15,647 square feet with 32 full time employee equivalents. At a total cost of $5.5 million dollars (which includes construction and medical equipment), this enhanced Emergency Department will mean better quality care and improved access to emergency care for Pinellas county area veterans.

What: Emergency Department Opening Ceremony
Where: Bay Pines VA Medical Center, 10,000 Bay Pines Blvd, Bay Pines, FL 33744
When: January 22, 2009 at 9:30 am

Media Tours offered from 8:00 to 9:00 am. Ceremony at 9:30 am (no media tours will be allowed after the ceremony). Please contact Faith Belcher if you would like a media tour prior to the ceremony.

If you would like to cover this event, but need to schedule a different time for a media tour, please contact Faith Belcher.

Bay Pines VA, the 4th largest in the nation with 94,000 treated veterans, has nearly 21,000 visits to the Emergency Department each year, about 25% of those result in admission to the hospital. This major renovation and expansion was the first to the original facility which was built in 1983. Some of the features of our new ED include:

20 private rooms with in-room lavatories (doubled from the original 10 curtain partitioned rooms)
4 specialized safe rooms for mental health patients with 24 hour access to a Psychiatrist to treat mental health conditions, including veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues
Adjacent imaging suite with MRI, x-ray, CT, and Ultrasound to enhance timeliness of diagnostic capabilities
State of the art patient tracking system to decrease wait times and time spent in ED (our average ED length of stay is 2.6 hours)
According to Dr. Lithium Lin, MD, Chief of Medicine Service at Bay Pines, "Our expanded capacity correlates to an ability to provide emergency care to more veterans and ensure that our doors remain open for them. With our ED doubled to 20 beds and the many technological advances we’ve installed, we will be able to provide expanded emergency care when veterans need it."