HSC Weekly 2012-03-30
Demand for Evaluation and Treatment Center surges
By Tania Chatila
The Evaluation and Treatment Clinic (ETC) at Keck Hospital of USC is about to get a whole lot bigger.
An expansion project that will more than double the clinic’s number of exam rooms is set to begin in May to help meet growing demands for service and enhance patient care. Construction to build three additional patient exam rooms—including a larger room to better accommodate bariatric patients—will take approximately eight to 10 weeks to complete. Once finished, the ETC will include a total of five patient exam rooms, a waiting area, a consultation area, a nursing area and adjacent admitting space.
“Since opening in August 2009, the ETC has seen incredible growth,” said Fred Weaver, chief of vascular surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the clinic’s medical director. “We want to continue that momentum. By adding three more exam rooms, we will be better equipped to serve more patients and meet the needs of our growing Keck Medical Center of USC.”
As a 24-hour ambulatory care center, the ETC provides a critical service to the organization, hospital leaders said. It gives established, private patients of USC providers a place to go for after-hours care. It is located in Keck Hospital’s Norris Inpatient Tower lobby.
Approaching its third year in existence, the ETC currently sees about 180 patients a month—an 80 percent increase from the average 100 monthly patients the clinic saw in its first year. With the additional exam rooms, patient volume is projected to grow even more—15-20 percent in the short term, according to hospital administrators. Construction will take the clinic from 562 to 1,028 square feet.
“We’re all excited about what this clinic expansion will mean to the operation as a whole, said Yolee Casagrande, director of the ETC. “This clinic was built from the ground up and it was always our hope to grow. This expansion increase our volume, but it will also improve access, services and overall timeliness. With more rooms, we can ensure our patients are not waiting long for care.”
Casagrande said there are no plans to reduce operations during construction, and work will be phased to ensure ongoing care for patients. Measures also will be taken to minimize impact to patients, physicians and staff, she said.
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