From Central Carolina Hospital

A two-year renovation, rebuilding and reimagining of the Emergency Department at Central Carolina Hospital officially got under way on Monday.

The $10.6 million project will result in a 33 percent increase in Emergency Department beds.

“This modern re-envisioning of the entire Emergency Department will ensure that Central Carolina Hospital is well-positioned to meet the growing healthcare needs of Sanford and Lee County in the future,” said CCH CEO Chris Fensterle.

The CCH Emergency Department receives 25,000 patient visits per year.

Renovations to the facility will occur in eight phases, to minimize disruptions to patient care. When the project is finished, the 13,500-square-foot facility will increase the total number of treatment rooms from 15 to 20.

Patient flow is expected to improve dramatically, reducing patient triage and wait times. Patient rooms, hallway beds, clinical decision rooms and the fast track area will be completely reimagined, increasing the department’s capacity to care for more patients with true medical emergencies.

Patient rooms will be larger and equipped with the latest in patient-care technology. Included will be three treatment rooms designed specifically for behavioral health patients. The redesign will also accommodate future expansions as needed.

Central Carolina Hospital also offers an accredited Chest Pain Center and is designated as a Primary Stroke Center. The hospital is the sole provider of emergency services in Lee County.

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Central Carolina Hospital, a Duke LifePoint Hospital since 2016, is a 137-bed acute care hospital that serves the health care needs of Lee County and surrounding communities. With over 120 physicians, the hospital offers a wide range of specialties, including cardiology, orthopedics, general surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, otolaryngology, emergency medicine, emergency medical services, gastroenterology, pediatrics, hospitalist services, internal medicine, nephrology, neurology, hematology, urology, podiatry, dentistry, pulmonary medicine, and wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Hospital services include emergency room, physical and occupational therapy, ophthalmology, cardiac rehabilitation, diagnostic imaging and radiology, inpatient and outpatient surgery, dialysis, maternity services, nutritional counseling by clinical dietitians, and diagnostic cardiac catheterization. Central Carolina Hospital was reaccredited by the Joint Commission for a three-year period in 2021.