Wednesday, September 3, 2014

First phase of $30 million project nears completion at Cox Branson

Tours, Open House set for Friday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 13

The countdown has started as the first phase of Cox Medical Center Branson’s $30 million Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit expansion and renovation project nears completion. The 60,000-square-foot project began just under one year ago and the first phase is set to open to patients in late September.

Before the new space opens to patients, employees and the public are invited for a tour.

Friday, Sept. 12: Employees are invited to take guided tours the new facility from noon – 2 p.m., and again from 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13: The public is invited to a Community Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for tours.

“On January 1, 2013, Skaggs Regional Medical Center became part of CoxHealth and with that partnership came the promise that CoxHealth would invest in the hospital and our community so we could better serve the residents of Taney and Stone counties,” said William Mahoney, president of Cox Medical Center Branson. “Over the past 20 months, there have been numerous improvements including aggressive physician recruitment, equipment purchases and building maintenance. Our emergency department and critical care unit expansion is by far the most visible of these improvements and one more way CoxHealth is continuing to make good on their promise.”

Cox Branson’s current emergency department serves approximately 37,000 patients each year. The new space will allow for more patients to be cared for and employees to work more efficiently.

“Our new emergency department is being built with future growth in mind and will allow us to provide care for 55,000 to 60,000 patients each year,” Mahoney said. “We are also improving work flow, which will ensure patients are not sitting in our waiting rooms sick and hurting, but that they are going back to a room right away and getting care quicker. Our new critical care unit will include 20 private rooms, and each one with an incredible view of the Ozarks. At Cox Medical Center Branson, our vision is to be the best for those who need and this substantial investment into our emergency department and critical care unit ensures that we are living out that vision.”

Once the new 42,000-square-foot addition opens, the current emergency department and critical care unit will close for renovation. It is anticipated the 18,000-square-foot renovation project will be completed before the holiday season.