Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak breaks ground on new, high-tech Emergency Center


Private rooms. New equipment. Greater capacity.  Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak’s new $120.8 million Emergency Center is under construction, expected to be complete in spring 2017.

New Royal Oak Emergency Center“As an academic medical center and referral hospital for complex care, we offer the latest therapies and most advanced treatments for our patients and their families,” says Shane Cerone, president, Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak. “The Emergency Center is our front door.  We are thrilled that this expansion will allow us to care for even more patients in a modern and private environment.”

The new Emergency Center will feature 125 private rooms, 16 of which will be dedicated to Beaumont Children’s Hospital.  Experienced 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 – Royal Oak.


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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. The expansion of space and addition of private rooms will allow us to provide care in a more comfortable and private environment.” says Terry Kowalenko, M.D., chairman of Emergency Medicine and senior vice president, Beaumont Health. 

Beaumont and 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 with fresh, hot food and Starbucks coffee for families of patients.

With this expansion and renovation project, Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak will continue to be the only accredited Level One Trauma Center in Oakland and Macomb counties, which means the center can handle the most severe trauma cases 24/7.

“I am excited about serving our community by expanding the capacity of our Emergency Center to accommodate the increasing volume of patients we care for every year. Our new center will have specially designated areas for our various patient populations:  trauma, adults (all adult rooms will be geriatric friendly), children and patients requiring psychiatric care,” says Maureen Bowman, RN, vice president and chief nursing officer, Beaumont – Royal Oak.

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
  • Noninvasive 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. FreemanWhite, based in North Carolina, is the design architect.

Download renderings of the new Emergency Center