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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The base hospital’s emergency room has been relocated to Building 4412 — located behind the main hospital — until March while the old facility undergoes about $2.1 million in renovations, according to a base news report.

Renovations include a control room with security monitors, a redesigned trauma room with a large Plexiglas window so staff can monitor patients more easily, a single-person decontamination room, secured entrances to the main hospital and separate ambulance and patient entrances.

Tech. Sgt. Anthony Scaife, hospital facility manager, was quoted in the report as saying the renovations will improve customer service, add security and ensure compliance with patient privacy standards.

Master Sgt. Robert Louchery, 374th Medical Operations Squadron emergency care noncommissioned officer in charge, said the decontamination room is important. “It will help us properly decon personnel in the event of a fuel or chemical incident,” he stated in the news report.

The temporary emergency room is in the former Aeromedical Staging facility, on the hospital’s northernmost side. Patients are urged to park in front of that building. Call DSN 225-7740 for more information; call DSN 911 in the event of an emergency.

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