After years of planning, fund-raising and more recently, construction, the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital's new ER expansion is ready for its first patients.
On Monday, crews finished up installing equipment, stocking supplies and cleaning in preparation for Tuesday's opening.
The new ER has 19 new rooms offering specific treatments such as trauma, OB/GYN, orthopedic, general exam and ear, nose and throat.
The facility is outfitted with state-of-the-art technology- including portable x-ray equipment, air-pressure controlled rooms, and a decontamination shower room.
Debra Gill with the Bozeman Deaconess Foundation said they're excited to finally finish the expansion.
"Everything's been right on schedule, everything's gone beautifully and we are all very excited to be offering ER care out of our new facility" she said, adding "particularly the nurses and the physicians- in the last few weeks, the number of traumas that we've had has really increased, and they couldn't wait to get into the new space."
The expansion is phase one of the project. Crews are already working on phase two, which is remodeling the current ER into a new entrance and waiting area.
Gill said they hope to complete that in January, and they'll celebrate with a ribbon cutting.
The total cost of the project is $15 million, with 9 million coming from community donations.
Gill said they still need to raise $140,000 to finish the renovations. Click here to learn how to donate.