At 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 21,
Methodist Hospital in Morganfield, located at 4604 US Highway 60 West, will hold a ground breaking ceremony
for its new Emergency Department. The nearly $5 million project will primarily
focus on the relocation and expansion of the original Emergency Department,
built in 1970, to more efficiently handle a larger number of patients.
The project is scheduled to be completed by October 2019.
The new Emergency Department will provide many benefits to patients and
Hospital staff, including:
- The new space will be 5,600 square feet, nearly three times larger than
the current Emergency Department
- Four patient treatment rooms and four fast track bays
- A larger procedure room and staging area for patients arriving by ambulance
- A decontamination area for patients who have been exposed to dangerous chemicals
- Improved access to the helipad
- Enhanced visibility and access with relocation to the front of the Hospital
Designated as a Level 4 Trauma Center in 2015, Methodist Hospital in Morganfield
is the only critical access hospital in the Union County area. In 2018,
the Hospital treated a total of 25,140 patients, including 7,358 patients
in the Emergency Department. Once completed, the new Emergency Department
will be capable of treating up to 12,000 patients per year.
“This is an exciting time for Methodist Hospital and the Union County
community,” said Benny Nolen, President and CEO at Methodist Hospital.
“Having the ability to treat more patients within an expanded space
that will be outfitted with the most up-to-date equipment will be a huge
enhancement to Union County’s emergency response capabilities.”
There will be no interruption of emergency services during construction
of the new Emergency Department. While construction is in progress, patients
and visitors may access the Emergency Department through the emergency
entrance and the Hospital through the main front entrance.