Salem, VA – (Dec. 8, 2017) – LewisGale Medical Center’s new, freestanding Cave Spring emergency room, at the corner of Route 419 and Ogden Road, opened Tuesday, December 5, to patients experiencing all life-threatening emergencies and major medical concerns, as well as minor illnesses and injuries.

The new ER provides the same services found in the ER at LewisGale Medical Center, and is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with board-certified ER physicians and nurses utilizing the same advanced technologies needed to treat higher acuity medical cases, such as stroke or heart attack.

“Our new ER’s opening occurs as LewisGale Medical Center has experienced a 30 percent increase in ER volume over the past three years and no slowdown in sight,” explained Brian Baumgardner, LewisGale Medical Center CEO and the Health System’s market president. “An aging population, coupled with the fact that more individuals are choosing LewisGale for their emergency care due to our reputation for providing fast, quality care, are helping fuel the growth.”

“Faster care, particularly in emergency situations, is essential for better health outcomes, as demonstrated by evidence-based studies,” explained Dr. Steven Pasternak, the Medical Director for Emergency Services at both the Cave Spring ER and LewisGale Medical Center. “This new ER fills a gap by providing high-quality emergency services in this area, saving valuable minutes for patients experiencing chest pain, heart attack, shortness of breath, broken bones, stroke, or other emergencies and illnesses.”

The new nearly 10,000 square-foot freestanding ER features:

  • Separate public and ambulance entrances
  • Eight private treatment rooms
  • CT scanning
  • Digital ultrasound
  • Digital diagnostic and portable X-rays
  • On-site laboratory testing
  • Secure exam for behavioral health patients
  • Direct admission capabilities
  • Pediatric-capabilities