New emergency medical center coming to the Tri-Cities

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PRINCE GEORGE, Va (WRIC) — A new emergency medical center is coming to the tri-cities. The construction site is located on Temple Parkway and Puddledock Road.

Hospital staff say the facility will be about 11,000 square feet and cost roughly $10 million.

736b740306c947bcab5d3b17c8ca972c“The free-standing emergency center actually will be staffed with board-certified emergency room physicians as well as nurses EMTs and techs,” said John Randolph Hospital CEO, Suzanne Jackson. “We will have an on-site laboratory and pharmacist.”

Jackson said the Tri-Cities Emergency Center will provide better access to ER care at a cost you’d expect from your local hospital.

“It is going to have 11 treatment rooms,” she explained. “We are going to have a pediatric designated entrance. We will have a room specifically designed for our behavioral health patients.”

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Melissa Stancil was treated at the John Randolph Hospital Wednesday after breaking her foot.

She says she sometimes can’t decide where to go for care. For most, it depends on where you live and where you feel you get the best medical attention.

“I know there are a lot of people who would be grateful for a new place,” Stancil said.

4d8ae1777a4d4b4f983e10d72fc47965Hospital staff say growth in emergency room services across the region was a major factor in building the new ER center.

“We did a lot research to see where people were moving and where the most activity was,” Jackson added. “We also worked with EMS providers in the area to figure out where most of the calls and request for emergency services came from. Here at the John Randolph, we have seen a tremendous increase in the need for emergency services.”

Emergency service requests have increased particularly in Colonial Heights and Prince George.

“What we are noticing at our Hopewell location for emergency services is that we are seeing an increased number of lower acuity patients that would best be served in a free-standing emergency center,” Jackson said.

The center will open in mid-2017 and will be open 24 hours a day.

“This project really is a reflection of a community working together with business. We had 75 letters of support that help us through the COMP process stating that they are in  need of increased healthcare services,” Jackson said.

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