Last week, a judge ruled in favor of our certificate of need application to build a freestanding emergency department (FSED) in Arlington, Tennessee—a Memphis suburb. This is a huge win for us.
The Health Services and Development Agency will have a hearing to review our application. Other health care organizations have 15 days to oppose our plans, but the judge’s approval will influence the final decision. If our application is approved, we’ll start building the FSED later this year.
What will the FSED offer?
The FSED will have eight rooms, a CT scan, X-ray, ultrasound imaging and a helipad. We’ll also bring more than 30 high-wage, professional positions to the community. We’re developing the FSED in partnership with Regional One Health, which operates Memphis’ Level I trauma center and brings tremendous knowledge and skill in emergency care.
Why are we building an FSED?
Demand for emergency services remains very high. We expanded Baptist Memphis’ ED in 2010 to accommodate up to 62,000 patients―12,000 more than it was originally designed to accommodate when the hospital opened in 1979. Last year, the ED treated more than 74,000 patients. Adding more emergency services in the Memphis area will help meet the need for this important level of care.
Also, several rural communities will benefit tremendously from an FSED in Arlington. It will serve a four-county area that includes two communities that lost hospitals and don’t have convenient access to emergency care. Today, many of these patients travel up to an hour to come to Baptist Memphis. The new FSED would cut that commute in half.
I will keep you updated as this process continues. I believe we will prevail, and I look forward to sharing good news with you soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions about this or anything else, please email me, tweet me @jason_m_little or find me on LinkedIn.
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