Augusta, GA (WJBF) – A new Pediatric Emergency Room (ER) has been announced as part of a large expansion at Doctors Hospital, according to a hospital spokesperson.
The project, which is projected to cost around $16.5 million, will include the Pediatric ER, a four-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, two new operating suites, the expansion of the Inpatient Rehab Unit, and the expansion of the Endoscopy Lab (which is where imaging is performed on the digestive system), according to the spokesperson.
“We’re committed to investing in our community, and to giving our physicians the tools they need,” says Doug Welch, CEO of Doctors Hospital. “This expansion will help us better serve our patients and physicians.”
The Pediatric ER will be staffed by Board Certified Pediatricians during peak hours, according to officials.
“We already care for a lot of kids in our main ER,” Welch said. “This will allow us to continue offering the great emergency care we’ve always delivered, but in a more kid friendly environment.”
The Pediatric ER is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in in November. Construction on the other parts of the project are set to begin next spring.