Southern Ocean Medical Center cuts ribbon to open new Emergency DepartmentHundreds gathered on August 29 as Meridian Health leaders cut the ribbon to officially open the new expanded Emergency Department at Southern Ocean Medical Center.
The new facility more than triples the size of Southern Ocean's former Emergency Department -- expanding the facility from 8,800 square feet to 29,000 square feet -- and now includes 42 large private bays for patients.
"Our new Emergency Department is the largest building project in the history of the Medical Center and emergency care for the Southern Ocean community is being raised to a new level," says president Joseph P. Coyle. "Today is a day of great celebration. There is a great deal of planning and then months and months of hard teamwork to execute such a successful project. And that is what we celebrate today - all those who were involved in making this facility come to life. It is a magnificent facility with beautiful new space providing spacious rooms and improved comfort and services for our patients and their families."
The new Emergency Department includes space designed solely for behavioral health patients that is discreet, separate, and secure.
Children get their own area in the special, family-friendly five-bed Martin Truex Jr. Pediatric Care Center, which is staffed to provide top-quality care for pediatric emergencies and children recovering from surgery and other routine medical issues.
Expanded triage and fast-track areas will help doctors and nurses provide better care and better service.
"This new facility is going to improve the ED experience for patients and family members as well as for the doctors and nurses who deliver care here," says Adam Lazarus, M.D., chief of emergency medicine at Southern Ocean.
In 2012, more than 40,000 patients visited the Emergency Department at Southern Ocean - more than double the number that the former emergency department facility was designed to support. By 2014, that number is projected to increase to 46,000, and by the year 2020, that number is expected to shoot to 55,000.
"Despite the challenging times in the health care industry, I'm extremely grateful for the support of our board members and our donors that allow these types of expansions to continue," says John K. Lloyd, president and CEO of Meridian Health. "The vision we had for Southern Ocean's Emergency Department is now a reality, and the outcome is phenomenal."