Residents, officials and medical professionals walk past the nurses' station while touring the ED.
May 7, 2013 – Wake Forest Baptist Health – Lexington Medical Center officially opened its expanded Emergency Department today, increasing space by 70 percent to meet the growing demand for emergency services in the community.
The renovated Emergency Department is now 12,000 square feet with 26 patient rooms, an increase of nine rooms, and a new eight-bed unit for minor illnesses and injuries. In addition, the Emergency Department has a family room, a room for Emergency Medical Services personnel and an expanded lobby.
Designed With Future In Mind
"The expansion is designed to meet the needs of the community for several years," said Steve Snelgrove, president. "We anticipate treating more than 40,000 patients in the coming year, and we want to provide a caring, safe environment with minimal wait time."
Patient visits increased by 6,000 in the past two years since board-certified physicians from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center began staffing the Emergency Department.
Additional Space Means Shorter Wait Times
The additional capacity is expected to reduce wait times and allow patients to be treated quicker, said James Hoekstra, M.D., chairman of Emergency Medicine for Wake Forest Baptist Health. Dr. Hoekstra leads of a group of 110 physicians who staff emergency departments at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Cone Health and Wilkes Regional Medical Center.
The $1.8 million project was paid for in part by funds generated by the Wake Forest Baptist Health – Lexington Medical Center Foundation through Sportsmen's Saturday and through a fund-raising campaign among employees. "The Emergency Department is open to all, regardless of their ability to pay, so it is a vital service to the community, and we are pleased that the community supports it," added Snelgrove.
The Emergency Department remained open during the multi-phase, 11-month construction period. "Patients have been understanding and our nurses and physicians supportive during a complicated construction project," said Snelgrove.
Landmark Builders of Winston-Salem was the contractor. The architect was Wilkerson Associates of Charlotte. The interior design was by Wake Forest Baptist Health – Facilities Planning and Construction.
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