New Unit Opens to Ease ER Congestion at Mercy Hospital St. Louis

January 23, 2017

ST. LOUIS - Caregivers and leaders gathered recently to bless the new Emergency Department Clinical Decision Unit, which opened Jan. 23 at Mercy Hospital St. Louis. The new 16-bed unit will ease congestion in the ER but also give patients a more comfortable place to stay during observation or while awaiting test results to determine if they should be admitted or go home.

The new unit is the first of a series of renovations and expansion to the Emergency Department at Mercy St. Louis.

“We want to ensure our patients have a comfortable place to continue their care while testing and observation is conducted so the determination can be made to discharge from the CDU or admit to an inpatient status," said Tony Rothermich, vice president of operations at Mercy Hospital St. Louis. "Our goal is to make the determination in less than 24 hours in most cases.” 

The ribbon cutting and blessing included a traditional blessing of the physical space as well as the Blessing of the Hands, a Catholic tradition. Watch the video to learn more.

Mercy Hospital St. Louis Chaplain Sister Barbara Grant, RSM, explains the significance of blessing a new space as well as the Blessing of the Hands ritual.

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