Lexington, NC - The Wake Forest Baptist Health - Lexington Medical Center has been given approval by the state to expand its emergency department.
Lexington Medical Center filed their application in September 2012 for approval to invest $10 million into the expansion project. The NC Division of Health Care regulation is expected to provide all necessary paperwork in 30 days. The medical center plans to complete the project in April.
"This plan was developed to meet our long-term needs," said Steve Snelgrove, president. "Currently, we are completing a short-term project that will expand the emergency department by 70 percent and meet our most urgent needs for the immediate future."
In addition to the expansion approval, Lexington Medical Center has also been approved to buy a $2 million CT scanner. This scanner is used to diagnose cancers, cardiovascular disease and other disorders.
"Having a second scanner will allow us to offer timely imaging services and meet the increased demand of the community," said Snelgrove. In the past five years, the number of patients receiving CT scans has increased 15 percent.