DANVILLE, Va. — Officials at Danville Regional Medical Center announced the hospital is proceeding with plans to place a freestanding emergency department within the community. This project is expected to invest approximately $6 million into the economy and bring more than 20 new jobs to the region.
“The opening of our new freestanding emergency department will provide our community more options to seek urgent and emergent care when they need it,” said Eric Deaton, Danville Regional Chief Executive Officer. “We see this project as a great example of Danville Regional and LifePoint Hospitals® commitment to providing our community access to the highest level of quality care.”
Danville Regional’s new freestanding emergency department will be located at 125 Executive Drive, in the space currently occupied by the Danville Orthopedic & Physical Therapy Clinic. The new 17,000 square foot facility will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and serve patients with all types of ailments, injuries and medical needs.
The facility will feature 20 beds including triage, trauma, critical care, pediatric and bariatric care beds. It will also provide onsite imaging and clinical laboratory services, and provide services to all patients regardless of ability to pay. Construction on the new facility is expected to begin mid‐2013 and take approximately 9 months to complete.
“Building this new freestanding emergency department will provide our community with easy and convenient access to emergent and urgent care,” said Ann Mills, Director of DRMC’s Emergency Department (ED). “This new facility will provide the same services we currently provide in our hospital‐based ED, while improving access by offering two convenient locations for care.”
Emergency physicians will be provided by Phoenix Physicians, LLC, a leading hospital-based physician management group. Other staff members will include nurses, radiologic technicians, laboratory technicians, patient access coordinators, security and other emergency services personnel, to name a few. The team will be led by DRMC’s board certified Medical Director, Dr. Ian Greenwald, a previous faculty member and employee of Duke University Health System.
Patients with relatively minor injuries are expected to be treated more quickly at DRMC’s new free‐standing emergency department, while patients with serious problems will be stabilized and then transferred for admission.