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Scope Blog: "Improvements planned for new Stanford emergency department"

August 18, 2017

"The new layout will have separate zones for patients with different need levels, and these zones are organized according to the way patients move through the department. 'We have an intentional, thoughtful layout with regard to activity and flow,' said Alison Kerr, RN, vice president of neuroscience, psychiatry and the emergency department. She likened the new department’s design to that of a well-organized marathon, in which the runners are grouped together according to their speed."

"For staff, there will be a conference room, more locker space and bathrooms with showers. And the grove of trees outside the ED, the Peery Family Garden, will allow clinicians to take a break in nature. 'In an emergency room, you can’t close the front door,' Kerr said. 'This will be a space where our medical staff can get out and clear their heads.'"