On July 26, Cullman Regional Medical Center held a ribbon cutting to officially open the hospital's newly expanded Emergency Department. The expansion project has increased the capacity of the ER by 80 percent and allowed the hospital to renovate or newly construct all ER patient care areas.
"For patients and their families there can be so much anxiety when coming to the ER," said Cullman Regional Chief Nursing Officer Charna Brown. "We want to do everything we can to make the patient experience better and this new facility helps us achieve that goal."
The $9.5 million dollar expansion adds an additional 6,021 square feet to the facility and features 17 new treatment rooms, three new trauma rooms, a dedicated behavioral health patient care area with nine new behavioral treatment rooms and a larger, more modern waiting area.
Patient visits to the Cullman Regional ED had increased significantly over the past few years, causing the ED to operate slightly over capacity, a situation that the expansion has relieved. With continuing population growth in north and central Alabama, the hospital leadership decided to take proactive steps to stay ahead of the growth.
"It's vital that our hospital invest in facilities, talent and technology that will provide the healthcare our community needs now and in the future," said Cullman Regional CEO James Clements.
The hospital has another expansion project underway. A four-story tower addition, scheduled to be completed next year, will enable the hospital to double the size of its critical care unit and add more beds to its medical surgical unit.