ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) – On Monday, LewisGale Medical Center and Roanoke County leaders, along with the community, gathered for the grand opening of LewisGale’s second free-standing emergency room.
Medical assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. That’s what LewisGale Medical Center wants its new Blue Hills emergency room to offer the community.
“Strokes, heart attacks, any kind of emergency conditions one may have, they will be served by board-certified emergency physicians and a team of high-quality emergency medicine nurses,” said the Dr. Puneet Chopra, Medical Director of Emergency Services.
More than 30 staff members will operate the nearly 10,000 square foot facility. Construction and staffing were challenges LewisGale had to overcome before the Blue Hills emergency room could open.
“It was a challenge, but we overcame it through our dedication to our community to provide that point of access to health care,” Chopra said.
“At the end of the day, we’ve found the right people to come work with us here and the right people are going to take care of our community,” said Alan Fabian, market president for LewisGale Regional Health System.
It all comes down to better access to medical care.
“When you have a significant medical condition, time matters. So having an access point like this for our community will really make a significant difference and improve results,” Chopra said.
“The location has been chosen for these people from the north and west and they can come and go all the way to 460. We know 460 is very busy, we are also looking here and know that more and more businesses are here. So often people get their healthcare where they work, it will be another opportunity for them to get healthcare where they work,” Fabian said.
The $12 million facility houses eight private rooms, has the ability to do x-rays, ultrasounds and more. It is located at 1423 W. Ruritan Road. Everything opens up to the community tomorrow.
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