March 15, 2007
MAURY REGIONAL HOSPITAL BOARD OF TRUSTEES TOURS PHASE I OF EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT EXPANSION
Project Will Nearly Triple Size of Emergency Department by October
COLUMBIA, Tenn.—The Maury Regional Hospital Board of Trustees toured the Emergency Department expansion—Phase I of the $10.5 million construction project—at its monthly meeting on March 15.
“With more than 45,000 emergency room visits last year, this project is an important development in the life of Maury Regional Hospital and those we serve. It is an investment in the future of health care for our region,” said CEO Robert Otwell.
On April 9, the Emergency Department will move into the newly constructed expansion. According to Vice President John Collier, who oversees facility planning and construction at the hospital, the current Emergency Department contains 8,350 square feet of space. With the move on April 9, the space will increase to 16,700 square feet, offering 21 exam rooms that are more spacious and private than those in the old department. The expansion also includes space for expanding the laboratory.
Phase II of the project is renovation of the existing Emergency Department area, which will begin in late April. Once the entire project is complete in October 2007, the department will nearly triple in size. It will boast 30,000 square feet and 32 individual treatment rooms, as well as a new inpatient discharge area. The department will also have new computer software that enables physicians and staff to simultaneously receive diagnostic information quickly, resulting in faster diagnosis and treatment of patients.