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Takoma Hospital’s Emergency Center Project Completed
GREENEVILLE – Takoma Adventist Hospital will open the doors of its new Emergency Center Monday, culminating a year-long, $2 million expansion project.

   The new ER features 11 private exam rooms, including designated suites for cardiac care, trauma, pediatrics, orthopedics, respiratory isolation, and chemical decontamination, according to Jason Sanders, the Emergency Center director.

   “Each exam room is equipped with the latest technology, including cable TVs, telephones and computer jacks,” Sanders said. “We want our patients to be as comfortable as possible while being treated at Takoma.”

   The new Emergency Center also boasts an expanded waiting room, complete with a big-screen TV and a children’s play area. “We want to be family friendly,” Carlyle Walton, Takoma Adventist Hospital’s president and chief executive officer, noted.

   The ER project has been implemented in stages so patient service would not be interrupted.

   The first phase called for raising an exterior canopy to allow better access by the larger ambulances, and extending a road to make room for the new ER addition.

   In September, the hospital moved into the new addition, allowing construction workers to refurbish the old ER.

   Starting Monday, Feb. 6, patients will be treated in the finished Emergency Center, which combines the new addition with the refurbished old ER.

   Walton said he is very pleased with the completed project. “Patients will find us even more accommodating and comfortable,” he said. “We doubled our size from 3,000 square feet to 6,000 square feet.”

   The project was funded, in part, by the “Partners in Progress” campaign, which was supported by physicians, hospital associates and major community donors. The group raised $835,000 toward the Emergency Center Project, according to Lindy Riley, executive director of the Takoma Foundation. “The rest of the money came from hospital operations, which are always reinvested into improving the hospital to better serve our community,” Riley said.

   Renovation and expansion of the Emergency Center was the final phase of a $10 million dollar hospital overhaul project, which started in January 2003.

   The project started with a new addition to the hospital, which features a new and expanded Surgical Center, a permanent MRI unit, a new lobby and patient registration area, and a new elevator tower. Takoma also renovated existing space to provide new and upgraded services, include the addition of eight private medical-surgical rooms and three private labor-delivery-recovery rooms, as well as a new look for the its Birthing Center.

   In addition, a new $6 million facility, Takoma Medical Office Building, opened April 18, as the result of the need to accommodate the growing Takoma medical staff.

   Located at the corner of East Vann Road and Takoma Avenue, the 45,000-square-foot brick building houses family practice physicians Richard J. Aasheim, James E. Gibbs, Mark Hoover, James R. McKinney, Anita Foster, Michael J. Odell, John L. Shaw and Claes U. Svendsen, and physician assistant Mike Stone on the first floor.

   Located on the second floor are Dr. Gordon L. Marsa, who specializes in gastroenterology; Dr. Robert Bridges, a general and vascular surgeon; and Dr. Frederick J. Myers, a general surgeon. The internal medicine group – which includes Drs. Deborah Deoss-Maksoud, Robert Locklear and Joyce Wright, a nurse practitioner – will be in Suite 201. The Heart and Vascular Group features Drs. Dan Merrick and Jack Whitaker.

   The third floor features Takoma’s Outpatient Imaging Center, the Takoma Women’s Imaging Center, and Takoma Outpatient Services, which include laboratory, EKG, pre-admission testing, registration and scheduling.

   The Takoma Medical Office Building is a collaborative effort with local physicians and community stakeholders. 

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