Baptist Union County breaks ground on new ER
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County broke ground today on a new $12 million emergency department.
The new ER will be located behind the hospital and will connect to the radiology department. It will have 22 exam rooms, two trauma rooms and two triage rooms.
"The number of ER visits to our hospital has increased by more than 20 percent during the past three years," said Walter Grace, Baptist Union County administrator and CEO. "By expanding our facility, we can meet our community's growing demand for emergency services and help our patients achieve optimal health and wellness."
The ER project is scheduled for completion in August 2014. The existing ER has seven exam rooms and will remain open and continue to treat patients during construction.
"Any emergency situation is stressful for patients and their families," said Randy White, chief nursing officer for Baptist Union County. "Our new ER and equipment will result in better patient flow and thereby a better experience while accommodating the increasing need for emergency services in our community."
Baptist Union County recently initiated a number of projects to enhance care and services, including purchasing a 64-slice CT scanner in April.
The new ER is Baptist Union County's largest construction project in years. The Women's Center, renovated in August 2008, features 10 private labor/delivery/recovery rooms and two suites equipped for Cesarean sections. The 28-bed postpartum unit features private baths and couches for family. In addition to the well-baby nursery, the center has a Level I nursery equipped for newborns with special needs that was renovated in 2010.
In 2008, the Mississippi Nurses' Association named Baptist Union County "Hospital of the Year" (less than 100 beds). Since leasing the hospital 26 years ago, Baptist has invested more than $47 million to enhance the facility and services.
Baptist Union County offers a variety of health care services, including adult and pediatric inpatient services, labor and delivery, outpatient and laser surgery and a 24-hour emergency room. Baptist Union County also offers imaging and laboratory services, including an American College of Radiology-accredited MRI machine. For more information about Baptist Union County, please call 662-538-7631 or visit unioncounty.baptistonline.org.