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New freestanding ER opens in Spotsylvania
Mary Washington Hospital opened its new Freestanding Emergency Department this morning.
The 11-bed ER is located in the Lee’s Hill area of Spotsylvania County, off U.S.1, across from Hooter’s Restaurant. The new facility is the first of its kind and the third ER in the region. It will be open 24/7 for walk-in and ambulance patients.
The new ER is geared toward the patient who does not need to be admitted to a hospital. At least for now, patients will probably experience a shorter wait, compared to Mary Washington’s ER.
Ambulance crews have been instructed to take serious trauma patients and those having heart attacks or strokes to Mary Washington for advanced care. A contract ambulance will be stationed at the facility for those who do need to be transferred.
The new ER is located in the middle of Spotsylvania’s busiest response area. Station 4, located nearby off Falcon Drive, answered about a third of all county fire and rescue calls last year, said Chris Eudailey, chief of Spotsylvania’s Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management Department.
Ambulance crews from Caroline County also will be able to drop off their patients there and be back in service quicker.
(This morning’s ribbon-cutting ceremony, above, also included a blessing of the hands for those caring for patients. Rev. Larry Austin, director of pastoral care, did the blessing.)