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Methodist Hospitals president and CEO Ray Grady speaks at a groundbreaking for a new emergency room and intensive care unit in February 2016 at the Northlake Campus in Gary. The renovation was recently completed.

Damian Rico, Times file photo

GARY — Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus has completed a $12.1 million renovation of its emergency room and intensive care unit.

The new emergency department has 15 private patient rooms, with doors instead of curtains, and updated nurse call and monitoring systems.

The rooms include nurse work stations so nurses can do more bedside care. A centralized work station allows medical staffers a view of every room. The new ER also has a "fast track area" where patients with less critical conditions are treated quickly.

The intensive care unit, with a focus on surgical and trauma cases, has 12 new beds and six renovated beds with rooms large enough to accommodate extra equipment and daybeds for loved ones to stay.

Hospital officials said the renovation includes the latest in medical technology.

“We are now better prepared to provide care to those patients in our community who have the most critical needs,” said Jeannette White, director of acute and critical care at the Northlake Campus. 

Methodist Hospitals has been working to improve its aging Northlake Campus while in talks to merge with Franciscan Alliance, which reportedly has proposed building a new $300 million hospital in Gary. However, according to Methodist President and CEO Ray Grady, that facility likely would take four years to plan and build.

The ER/ICU renovation took 14 months to complete. The general contractor was Skanska USA building, architect was Stantec Architect and project manager was Adams Management Services Corp.

“The completion of this project enables our physicians, nurses and staff to continue the lifesaving work that takes place in our hospital each and every day,” Grady stated.

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Giles is the health reporter for The Times, covering the business of health care as well as consumer and public health. He previously wrote about health for the Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.