Beaumont Royal Oak Breaks Ground on $120M High-Tech Emergency Center


Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak has started construction on a new $120.8 million emergency center, expected to be complete in spring 2017.

The new Emergency Center will feature 125 private rooms, 16 of which will be dedicated to Beaumont Children’s Hospital.  Staff members with pediatric emergency medicine training are on-site, led by board-certified pediatric emergency medicine specialists. The Pediatric Emergency Center offers direct, immediate access to Beaumont Children’s Hospital for children who require admission. More than half of the children who are admitted to Beaumont Children’s Hospital are treated initially in the Pediatric Emergency Center at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

The 125,300-square-foot Emergency Center will nearly double the size of the current 70,000-square-foot facility. The Emergency Center will be located adjacent to the current center, which will remain open during construction.

“This new Emergency Center will offer the medical expertise Beaumont is known for in an environment using the latest technology,” says Terry Kowalenko, M.D., chairman of emergency medicinw at Beaumont Health. “The expansion of space and addition of private rooms will allow us to provide care in a more comfortable and private environment.”

A team of architects developed the new design with the input of physicians, nurses, clerks, techs, security experts, environmental services staff, and patients and their families. The center will be energy efficient and feature LED lighting. It will also include supportive amenities including a café for families of patients.

Technology in the new Emergency Center will include:

  • Ability to monitor patients in every room with devices that can send results to medical staff in a fast, efficient manner
  • Non-invasive heart monitoring and testing equipment to evaluate heart and trauma patients quickly
  • Ability to communicate information, such as images and lab results, to caregivers throughout the hospital and physician offices via a secure instant messaging computer system
  • Handheld devices for all caregivers with all patient information readily accessible to facilitate patient care
  • Digital imaging, providing immediate imaging test results
  • An MRI machine in the Emergency Center to expedite patient imaging

An expansion and renovation of the Emergency Center was previously planned in 2008. However, after the economic downtown, Beaumont delayed construction on the project.

Harley Ellis Deveraux, based in Southfield, is the architect of the new Emergency Center. Southfield-based Barton Malow is the construction manager. Freeman White, based in North Carolina, is the design architect.