By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

A remodel began May 20 to change the emergency department at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.

“It will be better for patient care and privacy,” said Laura Huggins, director of marketing and communications for the hospital at 3325 Pocahontas Road.

Prior to this work, the Sunrise Cafe opened toward the emergency room. Those two spaces will now be separated by a wall.

Access to both is still through the door near the emergency room. A hallway to the right will lead to the emergency department, which will have a new triage area, waiting room and bathroom.

The hallway to the left will lead to the cafe area and the rest of the hospital.

Both will be fully functioning during the remodel, which is estimated to be finished by mid-October.

“Just changes in traffic patterns,” Huggins said.

Construction will be divided into phases. The first will focus on the cafe area, including new seating in what used to be the food service manager’s office.

Phases two and three will focus on the emergency department.

This major remodel is funded in part by money raised at the 2018 Festival of Trees — $33,980.

The remaining funds come from the Leo Adler Foundation ($42,034), Leo Adler Endowment Fund held in the Saint Alphonsus Foundation ($42,034), and $11,277 from the Saint Alphonsus Foundation.

Capital funds from the Saint Alphonsus Health System in the amount of $600,000 is allocated to two projects — the emergency room remodel and a concurrent project for the physical therapy/occupational therapy department.

The new physical therapy/occupational therapy area will be located in what was formerly the long-term care dining room and nurses station. This remodel is expected to be finished by mid-August.

See more in the June 7, 2019, issue of the Baker City Herald.