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To design a new 70,000-sf, four-story building with a dedicated pediatric emergency department at Albany Medical Center, the first of its kind in northeast New York and western New England.
Intended to further expand the specialized services available at the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center, the new emergency department, previously sited within the hospital emergency facilities, provides a more calming and child-friendly environment. The pediatric emergency department provides 12 treatment rooms, one isolation room, two trauma bays, a procedure room, and an orthopedic room in addition to associated support spaces. Designed for optimal efficiency and patient throughput, the patient flow for all walk-ins is a clockwise systematic flow from check-in, triage, treatment, and exit. Following check-in, patients are not assigned to any specific room but rather directed to inner sub-waiting rooms, allowing the hospital to maximize availability and treatment for additional patients. In addition to emergency services, the building also contains a fast-track treatment area. This unit, set up similar to a pediatrician’s office treats those with non-medical emergency conditions, reducing overcrowding within the emergency department.