Renovations at Parkview Medical Center will double the size of its emergency room in Pueblo

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PUEBLO, Colo. - Parkview Medical Center is undergoing another round of renovations, hoping to accommodate the tens of thousands of patients they see each year. 

"It's going to double the size of the emergency department," Vince Velasquez, Assistant Vice President of Support Services at Parkview Medical Center said. 

Velasquez said the Emergency Department expansion will consist of new exam rooms, a mental health area, decontamination shower, and CT scanners, adding there's a need for it. He estimates 160 to 180 patients come through their emergency room every day, as they never turn anyone away. 

"It's well overdue," Velasquez said. 

Changes have been significant in Pueblo's healthcare landscape over the past six months. 

This past March, St. Mary Corwin Medical center cut hundreds of jobs and many services significantly. 

"We can't continue to be all things to the community," Mike Cafasso, CEO of St. Mary Corwin Medical Center told reporters in March. 

But the plan to renovate and expand the ER at Parkview Medical Center has been in the hospital's master plan for at least five years. 

"Anything that's happened over at Corwin, we're picking up the pieces and making sure the community is safe," Velasquez said. 

Safety is a key piece of the expansion too, Parkview Medical Center's Public Relations Specialist, Jeff Tucker said three metal detectors will also be part of the upgrade. 

They'll be installed at the main entrance, the sky bridge entrance, and the Greenwood St. entrance. 

"We've found weapons, we've found drug paraphernalia and we're committed to trying to eliminate that from getting into the hospital again," Tucker said. 

Renovations will start on Monday, August 20. Which means the hospital's emergency room entrance will close, so patients will need to use the main entrance to get to the emergency department. 

"We are asking the public to have a little patience with us as we do this transition but we think at the end of the day and at the end of 2020 when the emergency room is expanded, we're going to have better, safer, more efficient care for Pueblo," Tucker said.

The multi-million dollar project is expected to be done by 2020


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