While on any given day, no one expects to be rushed to a hospital. The fact is, nearly one-fifth of all Americans are taken to an emergency room each year and 80% of patients admitted to NCH Healthcare System come through the ER.                                    Downtown ED Reno

Last year, the NCH Baker Hospital Downtown Emergency Department (ED) saw nearly 40,000 patients. As our population grows and our community’s healthcare needs expand, that number is expected to increase. This demand has prompted the transformational renovation and expansion of the existing ED, which has not been updated in nearly a quarter century.   

Planning is underway for the $35 million expansion and modernization project. This will provide convenient access to safe emergency care--including nationally recognized care for stroke and heart attacks.

Philanthropic support impacts our region and helps NCH offer state-of-the-art emergency care facilities to meet the growing needs of our community.

Your generosity will give NCH Healthcare System the funding we need to pursue the next important medical innovation, support the best medical professionals, improve the health of our community and provide the very best patient care possible.

Set to begin Fall 2019, this renovation allows NCH to double the size of the current ED and will improve our patient experience.

  • Expanding from 32 to approximately 43 private beds and improving privacy with individual glassed-in treatment rooms.
  • Creating geriatric emergency rooms to accommodate the unique needs of the geriatric population by offering tranquil colors, soft lighting and other features to provide a calming effect.
  • Designing waiting rooms to be more comfortable for patients and their family members, featuring charging stations.
  • Creating larger nurse stations to accommodate Smart Room Technology and implement a care delivery system to achieve higher levels of patient satisfaction

Fundraising Goals
ED Cost: $35M
Raised as of 12/2019: $20M
Needed: $15M
Estimated Start: Late Fall 2019

 Downtown ED Facts
24/7 emergency services for all injuries and illnesses
38,886 patient visits in 2018
81 medical staff
80% of patients admitted come through the ED

For details about the renovation and current naming opportunities, please contact the Center for Philanthropy at (239) 624-2000 or email