For Hometown News
PORT ST. LUCIE - St. Lucie Medical Center has initiated a capital project that will expand and renovate the facility's emergency department, significantly enhancing the facility's emergency service line.
Construction will commence later this year, and completion of the project is anticipated in fall 2013.
"We are committed to providing excellent healthcare for our growing community and have been diligently working toward making this expansion a reality for our patients and physicians," said Gary Cantrell, SLMC's chief executive officer.
"Our emergency department treats approximately 150 patients per day during peak times of the year. We are confident that this expansion and renovation will serve to further enhance the care of our patients."
The expansion project will provide six additional treatment rooms, three additional trauma rooms and an isolation room in more than 10,000-square- feet of customized patient care space adjacent to the north end of the existing emergency department.
Following the expansion, the existing 6,000-square- foot emergency department will receive a complete renovation.
Both the expansion and renovation will foster additional privacy for patients, as well as support the emergency department residency and graduate medical education programs SLMC began in July 2010.
St. Lucie Medical Center is a 229-bed, acute-care facility. Since 1983, SLMC has continually provided quality care to thousands of its neighbors on the Treasure Coast.
The combined efforts of more than 400 skilled physicians and more than 850 dedicated employees have resulted in one of the most comprehensive healthcare facilities.