Providence to break ground on new ER

WINNSBORO – The construction of the new emergency services facility for Fairfield County and North Richland is about to begin. The ground breaking for the new Providence Health – Fairfield Emergency Room will be held Feb. 15 on property located across the Highway 321 Bypass from the Winnsboro Bi-Lo.

Plans for the one-level, 17,700 square foot facility call for 12,700 square feet to be dedicated to emergency services, a triage room to properly access the emergent need for care, four exam rooms, two trauma rooms, two entrances – one for walk-in patients and one for ambulances –  a laboratory, and computerized tomography (CT) scan equipment. The remaining 5,000 square feet will be used for future expansion.

According to a Providence hospital representative, the emergency service facility is expected to be completed this fall.

While attending the Fairfield Memorial Hospital board meeting in January, Scott Campbell, Market Chief Executive Officer of Providence Health, was asked by FMH board trustee James McGraw about the ability of Providence Hospital Northeast to handle patients who might be coming from Fairfield County.

“We have added 24-hour cardiology services there (at Providence Northeast) … we opened the ICU back up, we have a general surgeon starting there and a urologist starting there next month,” Campbell told him. “We are going to have a different level of services that previously were not available.”