New Hanover Regional Medical Center has begun construction on a new standalone emergency department in the northern part of New Hanover County. Construction began on the new facility in March 2014, with an expected completion in May 2015. The 30,000 square foot building will have 10 treatment rooms and one critical care room, and will be staffed 24/7 by board-certified emergency physicians, nurses certified in emergency care and a multidisciplinary support care team. The location will also offer full lab and diagnostic services through NHRMC Health & Diagnostic Services, which is relocating from its Porters Neck location and offering X-ray, CT scans, digital mammography, ultrasound, MRI, bone density screenings and more.
“This new emergency department will allow residents in the northern part of our county more convenient access to emergency care when they need it,” said Christy Spivey, administrator of emergency and trauma services at NHRMC. “Patients will receive the same patient-centered care that they expect from NHRMC from highly-skilled emergency physicians and staff. We will continue to work closely with New Hanover Regional Medical Center EMS and AirLink VitaLink Critical Care Transport teams to ensure that each patient gets the proper level of care they need.”
“As a physician, I am very excited about this expansion because it means valuable time will be saved for patients experiencing an emergency in that part of the region,” said Randall Willard, M.D., an emergency physician with Eastern Carolina Emergency Physicians and chief of the department of emergency medicine at NHRMC.
The building, designed by BBH Design, will be constructed by Brasfield & Gorrie. The estimated project cost is approximately $15.1 million and will be funded from NHRMC’s capital budget. It will be built on approximately 26 acres of land on Market Street, alongside NHRMC Atlantic SurgiCenter.
A multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, technicians, paramedics and other emergency personnel worked with the design firm to provide input on many elements of the layout and design of the building. Staff gave input on room size, seating arrangements, sink placement, windows, storage, bed placement and other elements of the design in order to ensure maximum efficiency and focus on the family-centered care that is standard throughout NHRMC.