Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital Emergency Department gets a 4 million dollar upgrade

April 19, 2017 - Emergency workers at Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital are seeing more patients than ever before. There has been an 11 percent increase in emergency room visits in the past two years. But the Emergency room is out and out dated. Hospital officials unveiled a 4 million dollar renovation plan to community members during a town hall meeting Wednesday night. They say quality of care won't be affected; the Whitfield Drive side of the hospital will be the temporary emergency entrance starting mid-May.

"We'll be seeing every patient that we saw before, in a safe environment," said Stacey Hopkins, Director of Nursing in the Emergency Department of Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital.

Bedford community members say they don't mind the hassle. The emergency rooms haven't been upgraded in nearly twenty years. 

"The hospital's been there a long time and there's a lot of growth and improvement is always good in my book," said Laura Carey. She lives in the Bedford area.

CEO Patti Jurkus says the expansion is necessary so the hospital can provide quality care and keep up with growth in the area.  The emergency department is expected to expand from 16,000 patients a year to 20,000.

"This is the communities hospital and we want it to be here for years and years to come," said Jurkus. 

As for the temporary emergency rooms, Hopkins says they've been preparing for every scenario.

"We've increase staff to help, we've got lots of work going into the parking and signage so that people know where they're going," said Hopkins.

Renovations start on June 1 and should be finished by March 2018, adding four emergency rooms the hospital.


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