Virginia Beach, VA (July 22, 2011) – The free-standing 24-hour emergency department (ED) on the Sentara Princess Anne campus will relocate to the new Sentara Princess Anne Hospital and open for patient care at 6 a.m. on Thursday, July 28, 2011. The relocation, about 100 paces across Glenn Mitchell Drive, is scheduled one week prior to the formal opening of the new hospital on Thursday, August 4.
“We’ll continue operating as a free-standing ED during that week before the new hospital opens,” says Ed McLaughlin, MD, medical director for the Sentara Princess Anne Emergency Department. “If patients need to be admitted, we’ll continue our current practice of transporting them to an appropriate hospital by ambulance.” When Sentara Princess Anne Hospital opens, ED patients who need admission will be admitted there.
“We want to get accustomed to our new space before the hospital opens,” Dr. McLaughlin continues. “The ED is often a patient’s first contact with a hospital and we want to be fully prepared when the new hospital opens.”
The new ED at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital will feature 36 beds, including 4 triage and 4 critical care beds, plus 11 private ‘Clinical Decision’ rooms within the ED where patients can remain under observation for up to 48 hours.
There is also a dedicated radiology department with CT and MRI scanners and elevators that take patients directly to operating rooms or the ICU if needed.
The free-standing ED at Sentara Princess Anne opened in September 2006 and routinely serves more than 150 patients per day.
Sentara Princess Anne Hospital
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