LewisGale Medical Center to open second freestanding emergency room in Roanoke

Roanoke Valley News

SALEM, Va. (WFXR) – LewisGale Regional Health System had a groundbreaking ceremony today to celebrate the start of construction at 1423 West Ruritan Road in Roanoke which makes room for a new freestanding emergency room (ER) — the second of its kind in southwest Virginia.

The new facility will be named LewisGale Medical Center Blue Hills ER and will act as a near 10,000-square-foot freestanding ER that will be staffed with board-certified ER physicians and nurses 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year-round, and will provide the same services provided in an ER housed within the walls of a hospital.

“In an emergency situation, every minute matters. Having access to unparalleled medical care at a facility nearby 24 hours a day, seven days a week will save lives and enhance patient recovery.”

Steven Pasternak, MD, Emergency Department Medical Director

The new facility will feature many attributes, including:

  • Walk-in and ambulance entrances
  • Eight private treatment rooms
  • CT capabilities
  • Digital ultrasound and diagnostic x-rays
  • On-site laboratory

The new ER will be affiliated with LewisGale Medical Center and will employ over 30 staff including emergency physicians and nurses.

The new center has a target opening date in January 2022.

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