ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — LewisGale Medical Center added another freestanding emergency room called Blue Hills ER.

The building which is nearly 10,000 square feet will staff more than 30 employees, including board-certified emergency room physicians and nurses.

“The ER is the front door to the majority of patients who are suffering a heart attack, stroke, or other life-threatening illness or injury and, in these cases, fast intervention is the difference between life and death,” said Puneet Chopra, emergency department medical director. “In these emergency situations, every minute matters, and having access to unparalleled medical care at a facility nearby will save lives and enhance patient recovery.”

This building which is located at 1423 West Ruritan Road in Roanoke joins the only other freestanding ER in Southwest Virginia, the Caves Spring ER. This new state-of-the-art ER will feature eight privates rooms, CT capabilities, digital ultrasound and diagnostic x-rays, and an on-site laboratory.

“As the greater Roanoke County community continues to expand, the need for 24/7 emergency care close to where people live and work is paramount,” stated Alan Fabian, LewisGale Regional Health System market president. “We are excited to establish another access point for all those in need of emergency medical care.”

To celebrate this additional freestanding ER, officials with the medical center, Roanoke County, and the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Monday, July 18.

“It is very rewarding to see LewisGale Medical Center make this significant investment in our community,” said Jim McAden, LewisGale Medical Center board chairman. “I am confident our citizens and businesses will appreciate having these services available to them when they are needed most.”