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Funding Priorities at St. Luke's Elmore

Emergency Department Expansion

The emergency department at St. Luke’s Elmore is an essential service to the community. It's the only emergency care center within 40 miles, open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, where patients go at any time with any complaint.

The current St. Luke's Elmore emergency department was designed to handle 5,000 patient visits annually. In 2015, the department managed more than 11,000 patient visits. In fact, this emergency department has been operating far beyond its designed capacity for more than six years, with visit numbers steadily growing.

More than half of all hospital inpatient admissions originate in the emergency department. Infants younger than one year of age and adults age 65 and older had the highest rate of emergency department visits, with older adults far more likely to be admitted to the hospital.

The emergency department expansion is necessary to better accommodate the growing needs of the community. The project will:

  • Increase the number of beds from 4 to 10
  • Add a covered, drive-through ambulance bay, directly attached to the emergency department
  • Add a dedicated waiting area specifically for emergency department patients
  • Centralize the nurses station with improved visibility to all patient rooms
  • Provide easier access for walk-in patients with direct access at the hospital front doors
The project budget is just over $5.5 million and includes:

  • Modular addition for displaced services (business office and outpatient) 
  • Fixtures, furnishings, and equipment
  • Emergency department construction and parking realignment
  • Ambulance entry, landscaping, and utility relocation
  • Permits, design fees, IT costs
The St. Luke’s Elmore Foundation board of directors has set a goal to raise $500,000 towards the emergency department expansion project. As of December 31, 2015, the foundation had raised more than $112K towards that goal. In addition to donations from our foundation and community board members, senior leadership, physician,s and St. Luke’s Elmore employees, the board has committed the proceeds from the Annual Golf Classic and Silent Auction to the emergency department expansion project.