NHRMC holds dedication ceremony for renovated emergency department

New emergency department entrance (Photo: NHRMC)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover Regional Medical Center marked the completion of a two-year renovation to its Emergency Department at a dedication ceremony for staff and employees.

“Our expansion and renovation offers patients more privacy, comfort and efficiency than ever before,” said Christy Spivey, NHRMC administrator of emergency services. “In our mission of leading our community to outstanding health, this expansion demonstrates our commitment to providing the excellent emergency care the people of our region deserve.”

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At the dedication, Spivey thanked outgoing medical director Dr. Bryan Durham for his many years of service and leadership in the department, and welcomed Dr. De B. Winter III as the incoming medical director.

In May 2015, NHRMC began the expansion and renovation of its main campus emergency department. The project doubled the department’s size. NHRMC says providers can now care for more than 104,000 patients a year.

The expanded emergency department now offers 106 patient spaces. At the beginning of the project, the department had 54.

The new reception area features natural light and expanded space with access to televisions, WiFi, and a separate children’s area. It also includes a new Patient Assistance Center to help direct patients to community resources and support groups that can assist them once they leave the hospital.

In addition, hospital police will be in the reception area at all hours providing security.