NEWPORT BEACH — The newly renovated and expanded emergency department at Hoag Hospital will become one of the largest and most technologically advanced in the county after completion, a hospital official said on Monday.
The Joan & Andy Fimiano Emergency Pavilion, named for the $70-million project's largest single contributing donors, was dedicated earlier this month.
The facility will have more than 50 beds and increased privacy after completion next year, said Dr. Richard Afable, Hoag president and chief executive.
The expansion is long overdue for the department, which was designed to service about 35,000 patient visits per year and had only 30 beds.
However, Hoag saw more than 72,000 emergency room visits last year, Afable said.
"We have been making do with less than ideal facilities, but we made it work in providing the care for emergency department and urgent care for many years," Afable said. "We have known this and have long planned to have a facility that can meet the need that community has already created."