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MU Health Care Begins Expansion of University Hospital ER

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For Patients

During construction, University Hospital’s emergency room will remain open 24/7 to serve patients.

The current Missouri Psychiatric Center entrance on Deans Drive, across from the Tiger Avenue Parking Structure, will serve as the temporary emergency room entrance until the new front entrance at One Hospital Drive opens in 2018.

Parking for ER patients will be available in the Tiger Avenue Parking Structure starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, until completion of the project in 2018. Parking escorts will be available 24/7 to ensure University Hospital ER patients and their families get to and from their cars quickly and safely.

The current ambulance entrance at University Hospital will remain open to allow emergency vehicles access to emergency services.

Download the University Hospital ER Expansion wayfinding map.

ED Fast Facts

About the Project

University of Missouri Health Care began construction June 6 on a $16 million, 27,307-square-foot expansion and renovation of University Hospital’s emergency department to meet growing patient volumes.

The project will add 6,335 square feet to the emergency department, and an additional 20,972 square feet of existing space will be renovated.

When the project is completed at the end of 2018, the new E.R. will have:

  • 17 additional exam rooms plus 21 existing exam rooms, for a total of 38
  • 10 new fast-track exam rooms
  • 1 additional triage area plus one existing triage area, for a total of 2.

In addition to the ER expansion and renovation, the construction project will include renovation of 11,355 square feet of space to add 24 new inpatient rooms for adults with medical and behavioral issues.

Another 5,108 square feet will be added to the second floor of University Hospital for mechanical equipment including an air handler, electrical room and shelled space for future expansion.

The total cost of the University Hospital renovations and expansion will be approximately $22.6 million.

University Hospital ER Expansion

Photos From Expansion Kickoff

Check out photos from our expansion kickoff on Facebook.

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Emergency Room Wait Times

What is Wait Time?

Wait time is the average time for patients, after registration, to see a qualified healthcare professional, defined as a Physician, Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner.

The national average is about one hour (source: CDC).

Note: Times are provided for informational purposes and cannot be guaranteed at arrival.

Why are some patients seen first, even if they arrived after me?

Walk-in patients will first be seen by a triage nurse. The nurse will ask some questions about how you are feeling and take vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse rate, breathing rate, and temperature. Your vital signs and a number of other factors will determine how quickly they need to be seen. Patients who arrive with life threatening and more serious injuries and ailments are seen before those with non-life threatening problems.