Emergency Department Expansion
Contact: Tammy G. Love
VP of Business Development
Phone: (336) 651-8116
By CHARLES S. WILLIAMS
Wilkes Journal-Patriot Staff
The new emergency department (ED) reception and waiting area, and 10 new treatment rooms at Wilkes Regional Medical Center will open at 7 a.m. Thursday. The new area is a part of the hospital's 9,500 square foot expansion that will bring the total number of beds in the ED to 29.
With the expansion, the ED was expanded 88 feet nto the adjacent parking area.
Inspectors from the state health department toured the new area of the hospital Tuesday and approved the plans to open the section.
The expansion project includes a covered patient loading and unloading area in the parking lot. A new parking area for the emergency department (to replace spaces lost in the expansion), is under construction adjacent to the existing lot and should be completed by July.
Also, the 2,200 square foot Heart Center opened for patients this morning. The center, staffed by Dr. William Scarpa and Dr. Julian Thomas, has been operating in temporary quarters in another area of the hospital while the new facility was under construction.
Now that the addition to the emergency department has been completed, the area that is now in use will be renovated in a two phase project. Work on the first phase should be completed in August, and the second phase is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012.
Officials are planning a celebration of the hospital's 60th anniversary, in conjunction with a "grand opening" of the expansion, in December. The hospital opened May 1, 1952.
Work is also underway on the renovation of the surgical departmment and expansion of the existing surgical suites.
Shelco Inc., of Winston-Salem is the general contractor for the project.
The total cost for the construction project is $9,997,000.