Blacksburg, VA – June, 2016 – LewisGale Hospital Montgomery will spend $6 million over the next several months on hospital renovations and infrastructure, including over $1 million on its 9,000 square foot Emergency Room. Emphasis on ER renovations will be on the frontend of the department, including an expanded triage area, where patients are first assessed upon their arrival. The reconfiguration will also include a new Super Track area where patients with lower acuity conditions will be seen, resulting in even faster care. “While our ER wait times are already much lower than other emergency rooms in the New River Valley and across the nation, we want to continually improve patient flow and treatment processes to ensure our patients are being treated as quickly and efficiently as possible, stated Alan Fabian, CEO, LewisGale Hospital Montgomery. “Timely care is essential for good patient outcomes, and it also helps to reduce discomfort and stress for patients and their families.

The project will also include an $850,000 investment in renovations and enhancements to the hospital’s 11,000 square-foot Surgical Department which houses seven operating rooms. One of the operating rooms will be enlarged to accommodate modern technology now being used for more complex and less-invasive surgeries. An additional $3 million investment will go toward the installation of a new energy management system that will control heating and air conditioning throughout the hospital much more efficiently. The system will include alarms that trigger when temperature and humidity are out of range. “This is particularly important in the Operating Room area,” stated Fabian.

Major renovations will also take place in the 12,000 square-foot Progressive Care Unit on the second floor, where the majority of patients stay to be closely monitored for blood pressure and heart rhythm. Additional second-floor renovations will include Cardiac Rehab and Respiratory Therapy areas.

The project also includes two new digital x-ray units, including one that will be used exclusively for ER patients, and additional security system enhancements.

“The additional space and renovations not only improve patient satisfaction and overall experience, but will allow us to meet the growing demand for healthcare services in the New River Valley,” stated Alan Fabian, CEO, LewisGale Hospital Montgomery. “Additionally, as Va. Tech has grown, so have their demand for healthcare services. As the exclusive hospital in Blacksburg, this has resulted in growth for healthcare services, particularly in ER visits.” The project is slated to be completed in early 2017. “During this time, we will work diligently to ensure that the construction project does not impact our patients and the care delivered by staff,” stated Fabian. “We are very excited to embark on this project, with the end result enabling us to provide our patients with the very best care and experience possible.”