NHRMC to expand, renovate emergency department

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Artist rendering of New Hanover Regional Medical Center's renovated and expanded emergency department. Image courtesy NHRMC.
Artist rendering of New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s renovated and expanded emergency department. Image courtesy NHRMC.

New Hanover Regional Medical Center is expanding the emergency department at its main campus to help accommodate a projected increase in patients over the next several years.

Ongoing construction will close the main entrance to the emergency room at the hospital on 17th Street beginning at 10 a.m. today. Walk-in emergency patients are advised to use the front doors to the right of the main hospital entrance. Emergency parking will be designated in front of the Zimmer Cancer Center.

The two-year project will double the size and capacity of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s (NHRMC’s) emergency department–from 54 to 108 beds–in addition to completely renovating the facility.

Additional improvements will be made to increase patient comfort and create more privacy. A new behavioral services pod will include 12 assigned beds, and six rooms will be designated as “kid-friendly,” with brighter colors and toys and games for pediatric patients.

New technology will also be implemented to yield faster lab results and digital diagnostics, a patient resource center will be created for those seeking social, financial and community resources.

“The expansion and upgrade project will enable us to offer more convenience, efficiency and comfort while helping patients connect with community resources to help them stay well,” according to a release from the hospital.

NHRMC estimates 104,000 people will require emergency room services in 2024. Currently, the emergency department annually serves more than 80,000 patients.