BSA Hospital to build new emergency department

BSA Hospital to build new emergency department

Amarillo, TX - The BSA Hospital in Amarillo has now started the process to build a new Emergency Department.

Officials with the hospital say the current Emergency Room is 15 years old and only has room for 80 patients in a 24 hour period.

However, today they see almost 200 patients in that same amount of time.

"People are coming to the ER, they are waiting longer, they are sicker when they come, some people use it just for their family practice, that's not how you use an ER, but we just have a lot of people who come here and use the ER and it's grown so much over the last 15 years," said Mary Barlow who is the Director of Communications at BSA.

The new Emergency Department will have 30,000 square feet and cost about 25 million dollars.

The project is expected to be finished in 2016.