As Madison County’s population continues to grow, so does the need to for more healthcare options in the area, which makes the recent announcement of Crestwood Medical Center’s freestanding emergency room welcome news.
The new ER is slated to open in 2024. Here’s what we know:Read more: Crestwood Medical Center to open freestanding ER in Harvest
New Crestwood ER to open in 2024
Crestwood was recently awarded a Certificate of Need from the Alabama State Health Planning & Development Agency to build the freestanding emergency department in the Harvest community.
Once opened, the Crestwood Medical Center ER – Harvest will be the first freestanding emergency department in north Alabama and will bring emergency services closer to residents of one of the fastest growing communities in the state and will reduce patient wait-times at other emergency departments.
Here are some more details:
- Construction will begin soon with the facility to begin serving patients in 2024.
- The ER will be located at the corner of Highway 53 and Burwell Road and will provide emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- The facility will offer the same services as the emergency department at Crestwood Medical Center in Huntsville. Patients will also be able to check-in online to reserve their place in line.
- The 11,047-square-foot facility will have 10 private patient rooms with radiology and lab services on site as well as a helicopter pad for patient transfer as appropriate.
- Many emergency services can be effectively managed at a freestanding emergency department without the need for transfer to a traditional hospital setting. If a higher level of care is required, a patient can be transported quickly to Crestwood Medical Center or the facility of the patient’s choice.
Much-needed expansion of healthcare services in Madison County
Madison County is growing exponentially, and when an area’s population grows, infrastructure growth is needed as well, which of course includes healthcare.
As we reported this week, the city of Huntsville added more than 450 new residents per month in 2022, and the metro area needs more healthcare options to support this growth.
“The leaders of this community have an incredible vision for the future of this area and we are honored to be a part of this rapid growth. Currently, residents depend on the heroic efforts of volunteer fire departments and local emergency medical services (EMS) for emergency healthcare. We are committed to bringing more access to healthcare services that the residents need and deserve.”Matthew Banks, Crestwood Medical Center CEO
The issue of healthcare infrastructure will be addressed at a scheduled State of Healthcare in North Alabama presentation slated for February 2 at Huntsville Botanical Garden.