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Wayne Post
  • New hospital ED open

  • The new $9.9 million Emergency Department was officially dedicated Friday at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital and officially opened to patients Wednesday, April 24.

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  • The new $9.9 million Emergency Department was officially dedicated Friday at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital and officially opened to patients Wednesday, April 24.
    “This emergency department is the most significant addition to the medical infrastructure of Wayne County in decades,” said Mark Klyczek, president of Newark-Wayne Community Hospital. “The people who live in our community now have a state-of-the-art resource for their moment of greatest personal need.”
    Named in honor of the Dr. Daniel Alexander Family Foundation, the new emergency department is the first major expansion to the hospital in nearly 20 years — and a much needed one.
    A complete rebuild, the new ED is the centerpiece of a $13.1 million modernization project at the hospital that is a direct response to a critical community need, said Newark-Wayne officials. Built in 1971, the hospital’s previous ED, originally designed for 11,000 patient visits per year, actually provided care for more than 23,000 in 2012. Pete Fenton, chief of emergency medicine, said patient visits are up 10 percent in the last two years and are expected to continue to rise. He attributes the increase to a reduced access to primary care doctors — a growing problem across the nation.
    Fenton also believes Newark-Wayne’s approach to emergency medicine has advanced so much over the years that people seek the hospital out when they have an emergency. What makes the hospital’s ED so unique, Fenton said, is all the physicians are residency-trained and board-certified in emergency medicine — making Newark-Wayne the only one of its kind in the Finger Lakes.
    “We have always had the best-trained doctors with a wide variety of acute and critical care backgrounds,” Fenton said. “And now we have a great facility in which we can provide that care to our patients.”
    The new ED has three times the space of the old, said Fenton, and a much more comfortable space at that. While the original ED was essentially a hallway where patients’ beds were lined up along the wall during busy times, the new ED will accommodate a much larger number of patients — including pediatric, adult and geriatric — with diverse medical conditions. The facility also boasts the latest in cardiac monitoring and other specialized emergency equipment and improved access to the specialists both at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital and at Rochester General Hospital.
    “Because Newark-Wayne is a key affiliate of our system, I often refer to this hospital as our eastern gateway,” said Mark Clement, president and CEO of Rochester General Health System. “Thanks to this generous community, led by Dr. Alexander and so many of our friends, our patients in Wayne County will have access to a team of excellent care providers and a facility as modern and advanced as any in the region.”
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