June 10, 2020
Macon, GA - Coliseum Medical Centers recently received approval from the Georgia Department of Community Health to build a free-standing emergency room in Houston County. The 12-bed, 12,760 square foot ER will be open 24-hours a day, offering around-the-clock emergency medical services.
“As the population of Houston County continues to grow, so does the need for healthcare access,” said Stephen J. Daugherty, Chief Executive Officer of Coliseum Health System. “Coliseum Medical Centers has an established reputation for providing quality emergency care with short wait times and we are honored to provide this same service in Houston County.”
The freestanding emergency room will be staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians and nurses who are specially-trained to care for emergency patients. The ER will function as a satellite department of Coliseum Medical Centers. It will provide the same emergency services as a full-service hospital, including on-site CT scan, x-ray, ultrasound and clinical laboratory services.
“For patients with life-threatening emergencies like heart attack and stroke, it’s especially critical to receive prompt medical attention. Every minute counts. At this new freestanding ER in Houston County, our expert emergency physicians and clinicians will be trained to triage and treat patients who need us the most.” said Dr. John Shivdat, Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at Coliseum Medical Centers.
Beyond additional access to healthcare, the facility will have a positive economic impact to the county. In addition to the construction costs, the freestanding ER will employ 32 people annually. The facility will contribute an increased tax revenue of $1.2M to Houston County and is expected to provide approximately $4.5M in care to the uninsured or underinsured. This will be one of the first free-standing emergency rooms in the state of Georgia.
The new facility will be located at the intersection of Highway 96 and Butten Drive in Bonaire.