Loris, SC - LORIS, SC (WMBF) - Healthcare workers are preparing to move into their new ER and ICU facility at the Loris Community Hospital.
While hospital personnel are anxious to get to work in the new space, community members are also excited to see the more than 50,000 square foot addition in action.
The first time Howard Cox remembers coming to the Loris Community Hospital was back in the 1950's.
"Gosh! This is so neat," he said glancing around the new facility. "It's a lot nicer, more room."
While he was already happy with the services, Cox says the space itself is a major improvement.
Loris Healthcare System CEO Tim Browne says the improvements were much needed because they were running out of space. He says the project, which came in slightly over $18 million, finished up under budget and ahead of schedule.
Nurse Manager Jane Marlowe says a more open floorplan and two separate ER entrances will make it easier to transport patients. She says a new radiology room in the ER area will do its part by helping to cut down on unnecessary movement.
"We were having to transport the patient to the radiology department, have the x-ray, and bring them back," she explained.
The improvement most people will notice first, however, is a shorter wait time according to Marlowe. She says the addition of a few "fast track" rooms to treat minor injuries will help with the flow of patients coming into the emergency room.
"Hopefully with all of these additional rooms, we will be able to see the patients quicker and get them in and out faster," Marlowe said.
"Its always good for improvement," Cox agreed. "You can't stand still 'cause if you stand still you get left behind because everybody else is moving forward."
The current ER department's layout will more than triple in size with the expansion and the ICU has been built with two additional beds and security features that allow for more flexibility in visiting hours.
Patients will be moved into the new facility beginning Wednesday morning.