AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - While new emergency rooms like ER Now and Neighbors Emergency Center have come to the area, existing emergency centers are making some upgrades.
For several years, Baptist St. Anthony's Health System in Amarillo has been planning to build a new ER to accommodate a higher volume of patients.
The new facility is expected to provide faster assistance for patients and promote patient-centered care. It is setup in four different sections which allows the staff to assist patients faster and work more efficiently. It will begin treating patients Feb. 18.
"It's going to be able to provide us the space and the capability to provide quality care in the BSA way," said Teri Quattlebaum, Director of Emergency Services at BSA.
BSA's new Emergency Department is equipped with 48 exam rooms, several resuscitation rooms, a radiology center, a decontamination room and more.
Cody Welch, Medical Director of Emergency Services at BSA, believes it's important for all medical facilities to keep their exam rooms and equipment up to date.
"Medical care is evolving everyday," Welch said. "Everyday there's an innovation and you want to stay up with those innovations. They allow you to provide more accurate care, they can certainly improve a patient's outcome by staying up on the current state of the art techniques and capabilities."
Many physicians feel even though these new facilities are coming to the area, there is still a great need for health care and emergency medicine.
"There is a very big need for health care," said Carl Paetzold, Emergency Physician at ER Now. "There is a need for this type of facility [ER Now] because the fact that the traditional hospital based ERs tend to get overwhelmed. They do a very good job, there are good doctors taking good care of sick patients but when they get there rooms full unfortunately, other people have to wait to be seen."
While the average wait time has yet to be seen, both facilities believe the community stands the most to gain.
"I think overall, all of those [new emergency rooms] will add services and add the ability for patients to continue to get excellent emergency care in Amarillo," Paetzold said. "I think Amarillo already provides excellent emergency care, but more places to provide that care is always good."