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March 23, 2011

Baptist Regional Medical Center opens new Emergency Dept.

CORBIN — By Michele Baker / Staff Writer

Baptist Regional Medical Center officials hope to handle up to 40 more emergency room patients daily with less time waiting with its new Emergency Department, according to Emergency Room Director Debra Cashen.

Speaking at Tuesday’s grand opening of the new department, Cashen explained the 12 new rooms will care for patients of low acuity.

“Low acuity just means a lesser emergency like a toothache or something that doesn’t require life-saving intervention like CPR or an intubation,” she said. “We can take care of someone with a toothache in 30-40 minutes.”

The new department will have longer hours than before.

“Our Health Express was open Monday through Friday for eight hours a day,” Cashen said. “We will now be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. until 2 a.m. We hope with these extra hours, we can see 30-40 more patients a day.”

Cashen said two weeks ago the emergency room saw 214 patients within a 24-hour period and now that the ER has extra space, more staff and additional resources, the waiting time for patients will be lessened.

The emergency section will have seven rooms for low acuity patients and five rooms for observation for patients that need more medical attention. Each room will be private and have its own flat screen television, computer and cardiac monitor.

Patient information will be recorded at bedside and lab work will be done in the Emergency Room Department.

Vice President of Clinical Services Anthony Powers told the crowd of visitors at the open house that BRMC handles 44,000 patients a year and the new expansion is very pleasing with a nice layout.

Corbin Mayor Willard McBurney, who cut the ceremonial red ribbon opening the new department, spoke highly of the hospital.

“Baptist Regional Medical Center offers quality health care for this area. Anytime there is any improvement, it is a reflection upon the importance of them being here,” McBurney said. “They are a good neighbor to us. Economically, they are the largest employer in the city of Corbin. This filters out to the whole region.”

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