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Community sees Allen Hospital expansion project

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by Danielle Wagner

WATERLOO (KWWL) Saturday community members got a first look at the new Pauline Barrett Pavilion.

The $45 million expansion project at Allen Hospital is set to open March first. The pavilion includes a new emergency department and heart and vascular center.

Allen Hospital is wrapping up a capital campaign that raised $15 million for this project and Allen College.

Pauline Barrett of Waterloo donated $5 million to help get the project going. The three-story pavilion is named in her honor.

The first floor is the emergency department, the second floor is cardiac services and the third floor is the cardiac nursing unit.

"It'll really help with the flow of patients. The idea is a person could come through the ER with chest pain and go directly to the cath lab, just go up one floor, will go to the next floor for their step down, and then when they come back have cardiac rehab on second floor," said Nurse Manager Sarah Brown.

The expansion features larger rooms for cardiac patients and the latest technology.

"We're very proud of the technology we have in this project. We have 128 slice CT and with this technology we can actually look at the heart vessels," said Vice President of Regional Operations Jay Willsher.

President and CEO of Allen Health System Rick Seidler said the new ER is much needed for Waterloo and eastern Iowa.

"The new ER is more than twice the size of the previous emergency department because it was built for 15,000 visits and we had more than 30,000 in 2008. so there's room to handle what we have, plus growth," said Rick Seidler.

No one wishes to visit this center in an emergency, but Allen Hospital staff said it's nice to know it's available when people need it.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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