PITTSBURG — Long awaited renovations will begin at Via Christi Emergency room in June.

The ER will be renovated for better workflow for the staff, shortened length of stay for patients and easier access for people with disabilities at the entrance. The lobby will also have a facelift.

Emergency Services Manager Jessica Cobb and Emergency Services Director Naomi Powers said this was a very much needed renovation and they are excited for it to begin.

The renovation includes three fast-track bays which will be used for “less-emergent” patients. For example, people who need an x-ray or have a persistent cold while the doctor’s office is closed will go to the bays.

Powers said the bays will shorten the length of stay for patients who await treatment while more serious patients are looked after. Care at the bays will be provided by a nurse practitioner and other nurses.

The bays are part of the current focus on outpatient  versus in-patient services, Cobb said.

In addition to the bays, people who have a mental illness with the need of a safe environment will have a room to go to at the hospital while they await transportation to another facility.

“The entire room will be completely safe for the patient,” Cobb said.

With the changes to the ER, this means some offices will be moved not only make space, but to help the staff’s workflow, Powers said.

The staff’s breakroom will also be moved and updated, which Cobb said everyone is pretty excited about.

The ER will also receive additional storage space and other areas made to store medication, new paint and floors.

The Mount Carmel Foundation Annual Gala and other financial resources the renovations helped pay for the renovations. The Mount Carmel Foundation Executive Director Johnna Norton said the foundation will cover $250,000 the revitalization of the hospital.

Renovations should begin in June and will be complete in the fall.

“The ER will remain fully functional and operating through the construction process,” Cobb said.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.