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Trinity in Rock Island is getting ready to add $61.3 million worth of improvements to its facilities. The changes will help the hospital handle more patients in the emergency rooms and the Heart Center. 

Six rooms will be added to the ER, plus a trauma room for severe injuries. The ER will also get a new 'short-stay observation unit' with 12 additional beds. 

In the cardiac unit, 28 new rooms and beds will be added for patients getting heart procedures, plus a new lab. 

The new addition will be paid for through hospital reserves and loans; this is the first major expansion for the hospital in 40 years.  

"We are caring for these patients in very antiquated emergency departments," Trinity Director of Emergency Medicine Dr. Kevin Kurth says.  

Doctors and hospital employees say they've been working in cramped rooms and old facilities for decades. 

"The technology keeps getting better and better, but it adds more equipment and we've filled up the space," Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist Brenda Kuster says, "We've outgrown the space." 

As new technology is developed, there's less room for it in operating rooms. 

"Many times we don't have equipment in the same room so we have one person like a runner, running between rooms trying to get the equipment," Dr. Sanjeev Puri says. Dr. Puri is a cardiologist who works in Trinity's cardiac center.

The Trinity Cardiac Team says they see up to 30 cases a day with three people in a room for a patient procedure. 

"There are a lot of cables lying there, the facilities are cramped, we have people just jumping over these cables and trying to get to the equipment," Dr. Puri says, "That makes it hard." 

The hospital is also seeing more patients. Closures at several state mental healthcare facilities are sending more patients through hospital doors.  

"Those patients are starting to filter to us, and it's really stressing our current situation even more," Dr. Kurth says. 

So health care providers say it's time for a change.  

"We've been able to do a good job, but the space would be so much as far as having room to work, better conditions for the patient and safer for the patient," Kuster says. 

The new addition will put cardiac care and the emergency rooms closer together for faster patient care. 

"So suppose a patient comes with a heart attack can be immediately taken to the lab and have their artery opened very quickly," Dr. Puri says. 

The new addition will also give doctors and their teams more space, one less thing to worry about when performing complicated procedures. 

"I think the new facilities will cut down on the stress and obviously will improve our care," Dr. Puri says, "If the whole team is relaxed, it leads to better outcomes." 

The project is waiting for state approval. They hope to break ground in June and be completed in two years.

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