Sentara Obici Hospital in Suffolk, Va., will launch an expansion and modernization of its emergency department (ED) on Monday, Feb. 3 with an employee event from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The 21-month, $13 million project will add 7,000 square feet of space, increase the number of treatment spaces from 23 to 37, and include nine vertical care spaces with comfortable chairs for appropriate patients. The modernization will enhance privacy with doors on patient rooms instead of curtains and add an additional safe space for behavioral health needs.

The walk-in entrance to the ED waiting room is moving during construction to the current outpatient surgery entrance. Patient, staff and physician parking is also being reconfigured. Ambulances will continue using their current campus entrance and access door. Signage will guide motorists and patients to parking lots and entry doors.