December 1, 2011

SCH Opens Doors to New Emergency Room

Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, MO, successfully opened its doors to the first Emergency Room patient in the new Emergency Department just after 7 a.m. this morning, Tuesday, November 29, 2011. The Hospital has been under construction, and remains under construction, since the summer of 2010. As part of President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Scotland County Hospital received $9 million dollars in low interest loans and a $1 million dollar grant from the United States Department of Agriculture for expansion and renovation of their critical access hospital in Northeast Missouri.

The new Emergency Department and admissions/registration area are located on the south side of the Hospital. The new concrete parking lot at the north entrance is complete and the north entrance is now open for visitors to enter the Hospital. Hospital patrons that are entering the Hospital for Emergency Room services or outpatient services such as lab, therapies or radiology will now enter at the new South Entrance and have the convenience of a drop off area under a canopy.

Construction on the new Med/Surg nursing unit and in-patient rooms is coming to a completion and that unit will open in the near future. The new in-patient rooms in the Med/Surg Nursing Unit are larger and feature a private bath in each room. Following the opening of the new Med/Surg Nursing Unit, the new Surgery Center, with state of the art surgery and procedure equipment, will open. Once the areas that have been newly constructed are open, renovations inside the Hospital of existing areas will begin. All construction and renovations will be completed at Scotland County Hospital by next fall.

Hospital CEO, Marcia Dial, said, "This is a big day. When many rural hospitals are struggling, we are opening our doors to new facilities with state-of-the-art equipment and a bright future for Scotland County Hospital."



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