The new, free-standing 67,000-square-foot Emergency Department at Cleveland Clinic Akron General opened in July 2018. Designed by Hasenstab Architects, the ED is more than three times the size of the original facility with 60 patient care spaces.

With the goal of minimizing patient wait times and maximizing operational performance, the design supports optimized patient flow and a universal patient room layout. By providing uniform patient care spaces, caregivers can become highly familiar with equipment and supply placement, creating efficiencies during exams and procedures. Key features include four trauma/resuscitation rooms for Level 1 Trauma Care, a five-room behavioral health area with central observation station, a secure decontamination area, a dedicated sexual assault treatment/examination room, and an infectious disease isolation area.

The second floor of the addition provides administrative and support space for ED staff, as well as a 19-bed rapid observation unit. A helipad is located on top of the new building and a pedestrian bridge connects the ED to the main hospital.