New ER opens at Pikeville Medical Center

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Pikeville Medical Center's new emergency department is now open for patients.

Officials held a grand opening ceremony Tuesday night.

The ten million dollar addition is expected to improve patient care during emergencies.

Pikeville Medical Center doctor, nurses, and administrators cut the ribbon and opened the new emergency department at the hospital.

The ten million dollar, nearly 23-thousand square foot ER has 27 beds, two trauma centers and three triage bays.

"From a medical standpoint, this is going to be incredible to work in this facility." says Dr. William Gaunt, the Chief of Medical Staff.

Officials say patients will be the ones who benefit the most. Doctors say this will increase efficiency and let patients get from the door to a bed quicker than before.

"The flow will be so much better with everybody. Patients will be able to get in, get out, and take care of the sick and everybody and get them to rooms a lot faster." Says Dr. Gaunt.

The new ER also has the latest technology from digital x-rays and CT scans on site and each room even has a television.

"Our goal here is to provide the best care possible throughout the whole region. We want to be the region's top leader and I think with this new ER, we can make that happen." Says Michelle Rainey, a nurse at the hospital.

Doctors believe it can also save lives during an emergency.

"What happens pre-hospital and emergency room often determines the difference between life and death in the patients so trauma is here to prove the best of care to a large community." Says PMC Doctor Danny Jazarevic

Officials say their next goal is to build a Trauma 2 Center at the hospital, which PMC officials hope to open in the next two years.

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