Lexington Medical Center to expand emergency department

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Lexington Medical Center

LEXINGTON, N.C. — Patients should see shorter wait times and faster treatment times at Lexington Medical Center’s emergency department after a $1.8 million expansion is completed, hospital officials said Wednesday.

Construction on the 5,000-square-foot expansion is expected to begin in June and be completed early next year.

The expansion will give the facility 26 rooms to treat patients, an expansion to the family waiting area and an eight-bed unit for minor illnesses and injuries.

The project also includes cosmetic improvements to the existing facility, as well as upgrades to equipment.

Hospital officials said visits to the emergency department have increased dramatically in the last few years and has been operating above capacity for a while.

More than 35,000 emergency room visits were made in 2011 alone. Hospital officials said most of the increase came after Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center doctors started staffing the emergency department last March.