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Little Falls Hospital debuts new emergency room entrance

By NICOLE PITT

LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Little Falls Hospital is celebrating the grand opening of a new emergency room entrance.

The former entrance on Whited Street has been in use since the hospital opened, but because it was on such a steep slope it was dangerous for both the emergency workers and the patients. "It represents a real improvement here for patient safety for patients arriving here at Little Falls Hospital for emergency care, and the ambulance crews that bring those patients here," said Mike Ogden, CEO and President for Little Falls Hospital. "One ambulance worker told me, I've been waiting 35 years for this. So I think they're going to be very pleased with this new improvement to the hospital.

Another part of this $12.5 million dollar project is the completion of a contamination room. Now if there is ever a situation in the community where someone is exposed to a chemical, the hospital is ready. "Ambulances would be able to unload patients through a separate entrance," said Ogden. "They'd come into this room and be showered and de-contaminated before they came in to the emergency for medical care."

Little Falls Hospital, which is part of the Bassett Healthcare Network, also recently adopted an electronic medical record, which means no more paper charts. This process makes it easier to store patient information and look important medical information up regarding a patient.

The next phase of the project is an ambulatory surgery unit. Work on that is expected to be complete sometime this summer.

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