On Thursday I attended our weekly Planning meeting. The master facility plans for all service lines are maintained and updated in this meeting. One of the agenda items was a review of the final plans for a new Emergency Department in Dillon.
As the sole provider of emergency services in Dillon, there is a great demand for ED services. In 2006, the McLeod Dillon Emergency Department treated nearly 24,000 patients while two years later there were 26,760 visits.
Responding to meet the growing needs of emergency care in Dillon, plans are underway for renovations and construction of a new Emergency Department at McLeod Dillon. The addition will be constructed on the existing Dillon campus located at the intersection of Highway 301 and Jackson Street. A Certificate of Need has been submitted to the Department of Health and Environmental Control for an addition of approximately 9,365 square feet. This expanded space will provide improved workflow for staff and patients, new exam and treatment rooms including designated triage and trauma rooms, as well as staff support spaces.
A new entrance for walk-in patients will separate them from those arriving by ambulance. A new family waiting area designed for improved privacy and safety will also be included in the expansion. In addition, a dedicated site for a helipad for trauma patient transport is planned as well as minor modifications to existing Emergency Department exam rooms and support functions.
As soon as approval is received from DHEC, the project will begin and is estimated to take 220 days to complete. We look forward to improving these facilities in Dillon to better meet the needs of our patients.