ELMHURST – Elmhurst Hospital has completed its addition of eight rooms to its emergency department, opening the area Oct. 18.
The emergency department expansion was in response to an increased number of patients seeking emergency services.
The department served 65,405 patients in 2016, an increase from 51,190 patients in 2012, according to the hospital. The current Elmhurst Hospital facility was built in 2011, and its emergency department was designed at that time to handle 55,000 patients annually.
The new rooms were built in what was the adjacent Centralized Admissions Area. Construction began in August.
The expansion would not have been possible without $600,000 in funding from the Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation, officials said.