Ground breaking ceremony for new Emergency Department at Methodist Hospital in Morganfield planned for March 21

At 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, Methodist Hospital in Morganfield, located at 4604 US Highway 60 West, will hold a ground breaking ceremony for its new Emergency Department. The nearly $5 million project will primarily focus on the relocation and expansion of the original Emergency Department, built in 1970, to more efficiently handle a larger number of patients. The project is scheduled to be completed by October 2019.

The new Emergency Department will provide many benefits to patients and Hospital staff, including:
The new space will be 5,600 square feet, nearly three times larger than the current Emergency Department
Four patient treatment rooms and four fast track bays
A larger procedure room and staging area for patients arriving by ambulance
A decontamination area for patients who have been exposed to dangerous chemicals
Improved access to the helipad
Enhanced visibility and access with relocation to the front of the Hospital
Designated as a Level 4 Trauma Center in 2015, Methodist Hospital in Morganfield is the only critical access hospital in the Union County area. In 2018, the Hospital treated a total of 25,140 patients, including 7,358 patients in the Emergency Department. Once completed, the new Emergency Department will be capable of treating up to 12,000 patients per year.

“This is an exciting time for Methodist Hospital and the Union County community,” said Benny Nolen, President and CEO at Methodist Hospital. “Having the ability to treat more patients within an expanded space that will be outfitted with the most up-to-date equipment will be a huge enhancement to Union County’s emergency response capabilities.”

There will be no interruption of emergency services during construction of the new Emergency Department. While construction is in progress, patients and visitors may access the Emergency Department through the emergency entrance and the Hospital through the main front entrance.

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