MercyOne reaches milestone in emergency department expansion

CLINTON, Iowa – MercyOne Clinton Medical Center has completed the first phase of its emergency department expansion and remodel.

The project is expected to be completed in the fall.

Hospital officials and colleagues recently welcomed a small group of colleagues and stakeholders for a blessing of the completed space. The blessing was given by Chaplain Michael Hooker; and remarks presented by Melissa Bitner, the hospital’s emergency department director; and Amy Berentes, chief operating officer.

“This project has been years in the making, and we are so excited to complete this first phase and open the doors to our patients,” Ms. Berentes said in a news release. “The emergency department addition and renovation has been carefully reimagined to provide the highest quality emergency care in a comforting and healing space.” 

The emergency department expansion and remodel project will result in a larger and higher functioning department to improve experience for patients and their families.

Phase one completion includes:

  • New garage space for EMS and patient drop-off.
  • Five fast-track rooms allowing staff to treat non-urgent patients.
  • Three safe rooms to allow for closer visualization and monitoring of behavioral health and substance use patients.
  • Expanded trauma bay.
  • Three procedure/exam rooms.

Phase two of the construction began Tuesday, March 15, and includes completion of three more exam rooms, another trauma bay, triage office, medication room, colleague lounge and office space. For more information on emergency care at MercyOne, visit

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