Providence Alaska Medical Center has received permission from the state to add 13 new treatment rooms to its emergency department, raising the number of rooms from 37 to 50, including two trauma rooms.

Providence CEO Dr. Richard Mandsager said 10 of the 13 rooms will be devoted to a new pediatric area that will focus on children and families.

“Often when kids come in the whole family comes because parents don’t have anybody in the evening hours to take care of the rest of the kids,” Mandsager explained. “Having a team that is used to the whole family being there and trying to get kids in and out quickly so that the family doesn’t wind up with long stays. All of that is part of our focus on kids.”

Mandsager said the hospital hopes to complete the expansion by January of 2018.

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