LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jewish Hospital Shelbyville is engaged in renovations the hospital says will transform the kind of care patients receive during an emergency.

On Tuesday afternoon, a ribbon-cutting was held for the hospital's newly renovated emergency department.

A $200,000 gift from the Colonel Harland Sanders Foundation made the transformation happen. There's a new registration area to make patients feel welcomed, and there are new exam rooms to help patients get the care they need more quickly.

They're called "dual assessment rooms," where nurses and doctors work together in one place to increase efficiency. 

Hospital officials say 90 percent of patients who enter Jewish Hospital Shelbyville go through the emergency room. 

"Instead of the doctor coming in, and the patient tells their story to the nurse, and then the doctor comes in, and they tell their story to the doctor, ... the plan can be made between the patient, the nurse and the doctor all at one time," explained Amy Capps, the ER nurse manager. "So they tell their story one time, and a plan can be made and everyone knows what's going to happen."

The renovations started back in early October and the ER is now open to patients.

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