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Medical Center breaks ground on $25 million expansion

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Some big changes are coming to the Columbus Regional Medical Center. The hospital's Emergency Department is getting a major facelift.

"We plan to develop a $25 million expansion and renovation to our facilities. It takes us from about 15,000 square feet to about 40,000 square feet, caring for over 50,000 patients per year," said Lance Duke, CEO of the Medical Center.

"We're also going to be having more trauma space, we're going to have more room for a CT scanner in the facility, we're going to have what's called a rapid medical evaluation area so we'll be able to move patients through in a more organized manner. It's going to be a big improvement," said Doctor Drew Williams, Director of Emergency Services.

Hospital officials say the $25 million is coming from bonds and their operating revenues. The expansion will more than double the size of the Emergency Department.

"Our Emergency Department serves a large geographic area, probably 30 counties around us in the bi-state area and tri-community. We're the region's trauma center. We're the regional certified stroke center and all of those demands come to our facility for care. So the growth in volume has meant that we need to now renovate and expand," Duke said.

"It's well worth and it is a lot of money and it is a big investment really from the Medical Center to the community. We all will reap the benefits," Dr. Williams added.

Construction will take place in phases over the next two years, during which time officials say the ER will not close .

First, a new building will be constructed.

Then, renovations will be done to the existing Emergency Department.

Construction is expected to be complete by the end of summer 2011.


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