Carolinas HealthCare System will open its newest emergency room in Harrisburg Monday. The free-standing facility has everything that’s found in a traditional emergency room to treat chest pain, stroke and trauma patients.
The facility also has a helipad to transport those who require surgery or need to be admitted to the hospital. Medical Director Dr. Greg Geers said, We’re sitting right off 485, so there’s a likelihood we could get some traumas here rolling through the doors. And if they’re traumas that require a surgeon, that’s the fastest way to get them down to CMC-Main.”
The emergency center also has a lab for blood work and a place for X-rays and CT scans.
The facility is CMC’s second free-standing emergency room in Cabarrus County. The other one in Kannapolis opened in 2012 and has had more than 62,000 patient visits since opening.
Rob Bergen lives about 2 miles from the new emergency room. Currently the closest emergency room could take 20 minutes travel time from his house. Bergen said, “It’ll be nice to have something close by for the area. Harrisburg’s growing rapidly, so I think it’s good proximity to have an emergency room close by.”