DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — In order to enhance patient access and improve emergency care for people from southern Virginians and northern North Carolina, Sovah Health’s Danville emergency room (ER) has been approved for more than $12 million in renovations.
“Our Emergency Room is our hospital’s front door, and the number of people who come through those doors is increasing exponentially each year,” said Alan Larson, Market President of Sovah Health and CEO of Sovah Health-Danville. “We are so excited to have this opportunity to rebuild our ER into a first-class facility that is better suited to meet the growing needs of our community and will help our incredible emergency medicine team provide an even higher level of care to those we serve.”
According to Sovah Health, these renovations are slated to start toward the end of 2021 and will include a complete overhaul of the ER’s current 14,000 square foot layout, as well as a 7,000 square foot expansion to improve patient and staff flow, expand triage, and reduce wait times.
Once the renovations wrap up, officials say the new ER will have additional patient rooms; a new patient monitoring system; cosmetic upgrades to the entire space; and a centrally located clinical workstation, which will provide a clear view of all patient areas at all times and allow clinicians to move through the space more quickly and more easily.
In addition, the waiting area and ambulance bay will reportedly be relocated to make it easier to transport patients in and out of the ER and improve access for patients and staff.
“This is something we have needed for many years,” said Ashley Bradshaw, the Sovah Health-Danville Emergency Room Director. “We are so excited to get this project underway and know that our community will benefit immensely from this new space.”
Sovah Health says the renovations — which are being funded by Sovah Health’s owner, LifePoint Health — will be completed in phases and will not interrupt the community’s emergency care.