Written by Lauren Ohnesorge
Sunday, 01 July 2007 18:07
Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin has asked the
state’s permission for a $41 million expansion of its emergency department.
While many rural hospitals are reducing their services or joining hospital
companies, Elkin’s has kept its independence. The hospital is seeing a nine
percent increase in patients coming to the emergency room yearly.
This would be the second expansion in recent history. Two
years ago, Chatham spent $20 million to add surgical space and imaging
equipment. With the expansions, more and more people are opting to go to the
local hospital rather than drive to city facilities.
The hospital is currently seeking permission from the
state to expand by applying for a certificate of need. The process could take
at least six months. If approved, the construction project would start in
February and continue into 2010.