(Ohio City) - Cleveland Clinic’s Lutheran Hospital at 1730 West 25th Street is hosting a kick-off celebration to begin construction on a new $17.5 million emergency department. 

The expansion will double the size of the hospital’s current emergency department to 14,000 square feet, and offer patients improved access to emergency services with a newly designed entrance.

The current 14-bed department will add seven beds for a total of 21 beds, as well as a new split-flow triage and treatment area to expedite patient care.

The current emergency department will remain open for patients during construction. The project is expected to be completed in 2015.

“We are very excited to announce this expansion and investment in the OhioCity community,” said Brian Donley, M.D. and President of Lutheran Hospital. “Building this new state-of-the-art emergency department shows our long-term commitment to the city of Cleveland, and our dedication to expanding services that will better serve the healthcare needs of our community.”

LutheranHospital’s current emergency department was built in 1957 with updates in 1988 and 2005. Last year, the hospital treated 26,000 patients in its emergency department, an average of 5,000 over its current capacity.

LutheranHospital is a 203-bed hospital offering medical care, cutting-edge technology and advanced research and surgery. 

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