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Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital to temporarily relocate entrance to Emergency Dept.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital is undergoing a $9 million renovation and expansion of its emergency department. Due to construction, the hospital will temporarily relocate the entrance to its emergency department beginning Feb. 9, 2015.

According to a news release, the change means the entrance will be moved from Bluegrass Avenue to just off Churchman Avenue on the opposite side of the hospital. Emergency medical services have been notified of the change and signage will be in place to help direct patients to the temporary entrance area.

Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital is home to one of the busiest emergency departments in Louisville. The current construction project will more than double the size of the emergency department, bring new technology to the patient's bedside and improve overall workflow of the department, which will help decrease patient wait times.

The renovation will include a dramatic redesign of the facility's footprint and will change the front entrance of the emergency department. It will also grow the emergency department from 28 to 36 beds and include modular walls for increased comfort and privacy of patients.

The emergency department will remain open throughout construction.

Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital is the only acute care hospital serving the people of South Louisville, an area with a population upwards of 176,000. More than 70 percent of all patients admitted to Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital come first through the emergency department, compared to a national average of 45 percent.

The project is funded by the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Foundation and made possible by generous donations from the community, including the Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital Auxiliary.

Gifts to the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Foundation in support of the renovation and expansion project can be made online at giving.jhsmh.org or by calling 502.587.4543.

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