A state of the art Emergency Department has opened at Piedmont Columbus Regional’s Northside Campus — a move that should help meet growing needs for quality care for the residents of Muscogee and Harris counties.

The community’s newest emergency department opened April 16 on Veteran’s Parkway in Columbus. It features 10 patient rooms, which include behavioral health rooms and flexible use space to optimize patient flow.

In most cases, those frequenting the Northside Emergency Department will be treated at Northside, unless services or resources are not reasonably available. Once stabilized, patients may be transferred to the hospital’s Midtown Campus for conditions such as a heart attack, stroke or a child that requires admission to the Children’s Hospital.

The new 12,000 square foot emergency department is staffed with board-certified emergency room physicians 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. A midlevel will be staffed in the emergency room from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. In addition to emergency room providers, there will be pharmacy coverage 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Dr. Darius Brown will serve as the Emergency Department Medical Director. Dr. Brown has been a full-time Emergency Department physician at the Midtown facility. Heather Yepez, RN, BSN is the Emergency Department Manager.

Planning for this department began in February 2017 and construction began in May 2017. The new emergency department will incorporate new technologies that allow the care team to provide exceptional care to patients seeking emergency care in North Columbus.

Members of the medical community were joined by community leaders for the ribbon cutting ceremony on April 16.

The design incorporates the beauty of the Northside campus with a natural feel and a generous dose of natural light.

Northside’s staff worked tirelessly to prepare for the new emergency department with multiple departments and service lines working together over the last year to ensure that everything was ready to treat the first patient.

This includes new laboratory tests being added all the way to preparations being made to admit patients from the emergency department to the inpatient setting at the Northside Campus. The staff underwent vigorous training and patient simulation exercises the week before the opening to prepare for the first patients who began to arrive hours after it was formally dedicated.

 

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