The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

February 27, 2013

SRMC will expand emergency dept.

By B.J. Drye, Editor

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 — Stanly Regional Medical Center (SRMC) confirmed Monday afternoon plans to renovate and expand its emergency department.

SRMC filed an application with the Certificate of Need Section of the N.C. Division of Health Service Registration, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The application is to expand the emergency department.

While specific details of the expansion were not available as of press time, SRMC did provide information about its current emergency department.

The department operates 24/7 with 18 treatment beds. It treated more than 34,000 patients last year.

The last expansion of the department happened 15 years ago.

“Stanly Regional provides high quality care for its patients, and our emergency department is often the gateway for many local residents,” said Brian Freeman, vice president of operations.  

“Patients coming to the ED are more acutely ill and our admission rate is increasing. Currently, 95 percent of our hospital’s inpatient admissions arrive through emergency services. So as you can see, the ED is literally the front door to Stanly Regional’s acute care services, and therefore critical to the continued operation of the hospital.”

A public hearing for the close to $9 million project is scheduled for 1 p.m. March 21 in Room 402 of the Stanly County Courthouse.

Anyone wishing to file comments concerning this proposal may do so by writing to Certificate of Need Section, Division of Health Service Registration, 2704 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-2704.