By Kelsey Reichenberg, The Progress-Index
COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Southside Regional Medical Center (SRMC) broke ground on the new free-standing Southside Emergency Care Center due to open in 2018 in Colonial Heights. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on Wednesday at the facility’s future site, 60 East Roslyn Court.
“Demand for emergency services in the area continues to increase and Southside Emergency Care Center will provide an additional access point to care for people close to home,” said Trent Nobles, CEO at Southside Regional Medical Center. “We look forward to expand these services to better serve our community.”
The Southside Emergency Care Center at Colonial Heights will be equipped to treat patients with illnesses and injuries that require a higher level of care than urgent care facilities offer. The new facility of more than 12,000 square feet will feature 10 private exam rooms, imaging and diagnostic services including X‑ray, CT scanning and digital ultrasound, on-site laboratory services, and stroke and neurology telemedicine services.
“Our physician team is excited to be a part of the free-standing emergency care center and we are committed to providing care at both locations,” said Clarence Clarke, systems director for the Emergency Department at Southside Regional Medical Center.
If a patient comes into the emergency center and is in need of a higher level of care, he or she will be stabilized and then transferred to the Southside Regional Medical Center only seven minutes away.
As the opening approaches, the Southside Emergency Care Center expects to hire registered nurses and lab, imaging, admitting and environmental services staff.
The facility will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is projected to open in late spring of 2018.