Optim Medical Center-Screven announced Wednesday plans to renovate and relocate their emergency department while keeping all hospital services open and operational during the eight-month construction.

The plan includes a host of improvements and changes in design and function. The major project is building an entirely new Emergency Department.

The new Emergency Department will relocate with a more accessible entrance for patients and ambulances to offer a better patient flow and efficiency and enhance the safety, comfort and privacy for emergency room patients and their families.

“What better way to honor our hospital entering its 70th year of patient-focused care than with a renovation that transforms our hospital in such a valuable way for our community,” said Optim Medical Center-Screven Chief Executive Officer, Lagina Evans. “The renovation plan builds on our legacy of compassionate care, as well as being future-focused to enable us to provide improved healthcare access for generations to come.”

Project improvements include:
•       Relocation of existing Emergency Department
•       Expanded and remodeled entryway
•       Enhanced ventilation system

As a result of COVID-19, the importance of reducing exposure to airborne illnesses and caring for those stricken with such illnesses became ever more present. Additional improvements will include more negative air pressure rooms and the installation of an enhanced ventilation system as the hospital continues to take measures to reduce the spread of infections and care for those that may need treatment in the future in our community.

“You will see construction fencing up,” said Evans. “We want to assure you that we are still open and will continue to provide excellent care for our patients through the entire project.”