ROGERSVILLE – Patients at Hawkins County Memorial Hospital will soon have access to improved, more timely emergency care thanks to a significant renovation project under way in the hospital’s emergency department.

Construction crews have begun the initial phase of a three-phase renovation project that, when complete, will result in four additional emergency beds, a dedicated trauma facility, a designated fast-track area and an occupational health area.

The $400,000 project is expected to be complete by April. The hospital’s emergency department will remain fully functional throughout the renovation work.

“When people come to the ER, they want to be seen fast,” said Greg Neal, president of Hawkins County Memorial. “These improvements will allow us to do just that.

“In addition, we’ll be able to offer new services we haven’t offered in the past.”

During the first phase of the renovation, which is under way now, the hospital’s northside and southside hall areas will be renovated. When the renovation is complete, the areas will be home to exam rooms, a trauma facility and a nursing station. Renovation of the hospital’s outpatient area and work on a new ambulance entrance are also under way.

The second phase of the renovation project is scheduled to begin in late January. During the second phase, the hospital’s current waiting and registration areas will be enclosed and completely renovated. During the final phase of the renovation, which will begin in March, the remaining exam rooms will be renovated and a fast-track area will be added.

“Our patients will receive better care faster as a result of the many upgrades we are making in the emergency department,” Neal said.


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