WEBSTER — With more than 120,000-patient visits each year, the emergency room at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center can be a busy place.

At times, a traffic jam of ambulances results with many patients being brought in for treatment at one time.

Last week, though, hospital officials unveiled an expanded and enhanced EMS bay that should ease traffic congestion and make patient check-in more efficient.

The new EMS bay includes five dedicated ambulance parking spaces with electrical hookups to support an ambulance’s equipment.

Now, EMS crew members can pull up, take a patient inside and park the ambulance as they finish paperwork.

There are covered walkways from the bay to inside the emergency room where there also is a redesigned EMS lounge.

The $25,000 redesign of the EMS bay was part of Clear Lake Regional’s $92 million expansion that included the construction of a new hospital tower.

The hospital also enhanced its emergency room intake area.

“Staffed with appropriate personnel, including nurse practitioners and physician assistants, the patients with less harsh ailments go through our newly renovated intake area of the ER,” said Clear Lake Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Rita Cunningham.

“It helps them receive appropriate care fast and prevents them from (having) to go through the entire emergency room process for a less-severe condition.”

The new EMS bay and intake changes should reduce patient wait times in the emergency room, she said.

Contact Mainland Editor T.J. Aulds at 409-683-5334 or tjaulds@galvnews.com.

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