The Cape's two emergency rooms just got a boost from the Lyndon Paul Lorusso Foundation. Last month, the foundation donated $2 million dollars towards the ER expansion projects underway at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis and Falmouth Hospital in Falmouth.
According to a release from Cape Cod Healthcare, enhancements are underway at both ERs, which treat 133,000 people annually. That is quite some feat considering neither ER has been renovated since the 1990s.
In 1998, Falmouth Hospital was renovated to accept 25,000 visitors per year. In 2012, incoming patients exceeded 41,000, according to the release. It's a similar situation at Cape Cod Hospital, where renovations were done in 1993 to allow 55,000 visits per year. In 2012, Cape Cod Hospital ER doctors and nurses treated a record 92,100 patients.
Falmouth ER will be expanded to include additional square footage, the latest technology and 40 patient care treatment rooms. The Hyannis ER will be outfitted with similar technology, greater square footage and 72 patient care treatment rooms.
The Lyndon Paul Lorusso Foundation's gift to Cape Cod Healthcare's Emergency Centers Campaign will be divided among the two projects.
The combined ER project is slated for completion in 2015 and will cost an estimated $36.4 million.