The Emergency Department expansion project at McLeod Dillon is certainly moving forward. Much progress is being made. As you can see from these two photographs, the concrete building pad for the new ED addition has been poured. The steel frame has begun on the north half of the new addition and the roof installations continue for the ambulance canopy. This will help to separate the patients who arrive by ambulance from those who are ambulatory.
The plumbing ‘rough-ins’ have also been installed for the decontamination showers that would be used for disaster preparedness.
As the sole provider of emergent and urgent care services in Dillon County, there is a great demand for the Emergency Department. In 2006, the McLeod Dillon Emergency Department treated nearly 24,000 patients. This utilization increased two years later with 26,760 visits.
The Emergency Department addition is being constructed on the existing Dillon campus, located at the intersection of Highway 301 and Jackson Street. A Certificate of Need for the project was approved by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. The addition of approximately 9,365 square feet will provide: improved patient flow, new exam and treatment rooms including designated triage and trauma rooms, as well as staff support spaces. A new family waiting area designed for improved privacy and safety is also included in the expansion. A dedicated site for a helipad for trauma patient transport is also planned as well as minor modifications to existing Emergency Department exam rooms and support functions.
We are excited about the progress on the site. We want to thank Robins & Morton for the construction work, Design Strategies the architects, the McLeod Dillon and Planning teams for their input, hard work and passion for this project. We will keep you posted on the continued progress.