Expanding Lifesaving Care Across Our Community

Each year, the University of Virginia Emergency Department (ED) handles more than 61,000 patient visits. As the only level I trauma center in Central Virginia, UVA sees the most seriously ill patients in the state, including many transferred from other hospitals. Demand for the 41-bed unit has exceeded capacity.

To continue to meet the needs of the community—and to expand and improve upon the quality of care—UVA Health System has launched an ambitious expansion and renovation project that will create additional space for procedures, recovery, specialized emergency care, and interventional services. When complete in 2020, along with a new patient bed tower, the ED will be able to serve 33% more patients. The renovated ED will provide a safe, compassionate, and exceptional healthcare experience for those in urgent need.

Highlights of the ED will include:

  • An increase from 41 to 81 beds, including private rooms
  • Dedicated space for mental health services, which offers essential privacy and specialized care for patients in crisis
  • Additional space for a clinical decision-making unit to assess whether patients should be admitted, observed, or discharged
  • Consolidated interventional services. This new location on the floor immediately above the ED allows team members to coordinate care for patients efficiently and effectively
  • Areas for rapid medical diagnosis and express care for minor emergencies like fevers, sprains, flu
  • Additional spaces for pediatric and trauma patients
  • An additional helipad for UVA’s Pegasus program, which provides transportation from the scenes of serious accidents and transfers of critically ill patients among hospitals
    Chest Pain Center for cardiovascular conditions
  • Women’s Center for Emergency Care, for obstetrical and gynecological concerns, postpartum needs, domestic violence issues, and sexual assault
  • Separate waiting rooms designed for adults or children