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.