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The Times
  • Little Falls Hospital opens new emergency entrance

  • Little Falls Hospital began accepting ambulance arrival patients through its new emergency entrance Friday morning.

    The improved entrance is part of a $13 million renovation project that began last year.

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  • Little Falls Hospital began accepting ambulance arrival patients through its new emergency entrance Friday morning.
    The improved entrance is part of a $13 million renovation project that began last year.
    The Little Falls Hospital Emergency Department has more than 16,000 visits a year.
    The new entrance has a covered drive through entrance for ambulances, as well as individual exam rooms, trauma rooms and a decontamination room.
    According to state health code every hospital emergency department is required to have a decontamination room. The room is used as a preventative measure for environmental or biological contamination, said Jean Guiney, emergency department nurse.
    The decontamination room is unique to Herkimer County, she said.
    “The new decontamination room is the only free standing room in the county. Some area hospital's decontamination rooms are placed outside of the hospital inside a tent, so this is quite the technological advancement,” Guiney said. “I've been working at Little Falls Hospital since 1993 and I became the emergency department manager in June of last year. I've waited 20 years for this improvement and it really is a great advantage for public satisfaction and safety.”
    The new emergency entrance also makes for a safer entry for patients and emergency crews. Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Ogden said the new grade level entrance is an improvement and provides a greater amount of safety.
    “The previous emergency entrance wasn't the safest because it was directly on hill which made it difficult for ambulance crews to unload and load patients into the ambulance. The new grade level entrance will allow for a smother transition for everyone,” he said.
    The Little Falls Hospital emergency entrance is located off of Whited Street.
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