Erlanger East opens new emergency center in East Brainerd

Erlanger East opens new emergency center in East Brainerd

March 11th, 2013 by Kate Harrison Belz in Local - Breaking News

Dr. Robert Hamilton, Chief/Senior Medical Director of Emergency Services, speaks about the new facility during the grand opening of Erlanger East's new full service 24/7 emergency center. According to Pat Charles, patients were lined up at 8am to use the new 22,000-square-foot, $7.8 million expansion to Erlanger East in East Brainerd.

Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press.

Even before the ceremonial ribbon cutting, Erlanger East started treating patients in its new emergency center this morning.

The new 24/7 center houses 17 treatment rooms and a six-bed clinical decision observational unit. The department also provides full-service radiology, laboratory and respiratory services.

But what makes the department most special, officials say, is its location in East Brainerd.

"The most special thing about this location is the location," said Erlanger Facilities Administrator Michael Baker. "This is something the community here has needed."

For more information, read Tuesday's Times Free Press.