A big project is in the works at BSA.
"15 years ago, we built this existing emergency department here at BSA, and it was designed to take care of about 80 patients in a 24 hour period. Now, 15 years later, we're seeing well over 200 patients a day in the very same space. So it is time to build a new ER that will accomodate the volumes of patients that we're going to see," Mary Barlow, with BSA said.
The $25 million emergency room facility is in its beginning stages.
The project was part of the deal made when BSA became part of Ardent Health Services early last year, and Barlow says it's much needed.
"Our trauma rooms, we had to make into double beds. We have hall beds, hall chairs, just to accomodate the volumes of patients that are coming to our emergency room," Barlow said.
Crews haven't broke ground yet, but they're in the planning phase, currently shoring up an underground garage that the facility will be built on top of.
Barlow says they hope the facility will be complete in 2015. After that, the next priority project will be the Don Harrington Cancer Center.