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A Waterloo hospital expands ER

A Waterloo hospital will be getting a new emergency department soon.

Construction will start in the spring of 2012 at Covenant Medical Center for a new emergency department. The current department houses 14 rooms. The new facility will have a smaller waiting room and 27 larger patient rooms.

People with the hospital says keeping families in mind was a main goal for this new emergency department.

"One very important part of when patients come to the er is the families. We want it so they can access their family members quickly and easily without interruption or feel like they are getting in the way of staff,' said Dr. Todd Lawrence

Construction will not interrupt the current facility. It will take a year to finish and cost 17 million dollars.


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