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Groundbreaking held for major Emergency Department renovation

On October 3, 2017, Roger Williams Medical Center held a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate an Emergency Department renovation that will improve care for patients with emergency needs, including those with behavioral health issues. The project will renovate the existing Roger Williams’ Emergency Department space by building an addition of approximately 12,000 SF to accommodate increased patient bay sizes and an expanded behavioral health program.

The new addition will provide 28 private patient treatment bays including six behavioral health beds, a bariatric treatment bay, two procedure rooms and a trauma room alongside typical state-of-the-art treatment bays and exam space. Substantial renovations will occur in the existing portion of the Emergency Department to further provide for a separate behavioral health tract. The existing Emergency Department will remain operational during construction. Upon completion of the project, there will be improved patient parking and a covered patient drop-off along with increased support space and modernized fixtures, furniture and equipment.  

“Throughout our health system, we continue to make investments to improve the care we deliver to the community,” said John Holiver, CharterCARE CEO. “We pride ourselves on speedy and appropriate emergency care, which will be enhanced greatly by this renovation at Roger Williams.”

Holiver also noted the significant economic boost this 18-month project will bring to the construction, trade and affiliated industries. The project was designed by Robinson Green and Beretta (RGB) Architects and is being constructed by Gilbane.

Pictured here at the groundbreaking (from left to right) are Cheryl Dunnington, RN, Chief Nursing Officer; Dr. Vincent Armenio, Chairman of Medicine; Demetra Ouellette, President, Roger Willams; Dr. Sheri Smith, Chair of the Roger Williams’ board; John Holiver, Chief Executive Officer of CharterCARE; Edwin Santos, Chair of the CharterCARE board; Dr. N. Joseph Espat, Chairman of Surgery, and Candace Wray, RN, clinical nurse manager of the Roger Williams’ Emergency Department.