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Covenant Medical Center breaks ground on new emergency room

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Waterloo will soon get a new emergency department.

Covenant Medical Center celebrated Thursday with a ground breaking ceremony.

The current emergency department has just 14 rooms.

This new facility will have  27 larger patient rooms.

The main goals of the new design was making the emergency department visible and keeping families in mind.

"I'll admit that ours is pretty hidden. Even though thousands of people find our ER every month this will be very visible front of Covenant Medical Center, and it's exciting in terms of people finding their way to our ER. It will be easy to find," President/CEO Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Jack Dusenbery said.

Construction will not interrupt patient care.

The $17 million project is expected to be complete in about a year.

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