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Spring Hill Gets First Emergency Room Next Week

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By Chris Cannon

SPRING HILL, Tenn, - Staff at Tri-Star Centennial's new Spring Hill emergency department is preparing it's opening on February 18th.

The free-standing ER is not attached to a hospital and is the only one of it's kind in Tennessee.

"We can do anything any other emergency room can do," said Keri McKamey, director of the new Spring Hill facility.

Until now, patients in Spring Hill have had to travel to Columbia, or Franklin for emergency care.

"They have to drive up to 30 minutes, either way. And here, I mean, we're right here in their backdoor," McKamey said.

It took Tri-Star more than six years to make the new emergency department a reality. It had planned on building a full-care hospital on the site.

After getting approval for a 56-bed facility, two near-by hospitals began a legal fight to stop the plan. After years of appeals Tri-Star abandoned the plan.

In November of 2010 the company was granted approval to build the emergency department. Construction on the facility began in April of 2012.

The Spring Hill is a department of Nashville's Tri-Star Centennial Medical Center and is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.

"We can stabilize and then transport those patients, quickly, to where they need to be," McKamey said.

The facility has a trauma room, equipped with a tele-medicine robot.

"We actually able to call in and talk to a consulting physician," McKamey said.

The computer monitor with cameras can be moved around the patient so a specialist in Nashville can examine their symptoms.

"This right here will actually come over the patient and get as close to see their pupils and how they dilate," McKamey explained.

The emergency room has two seclusion rooms for at risk patients and a decontamination room.

"This is an outside door that any patient that might have any type of contamination would never have to come into the ER and bring anything in with them," McKamey said.

The ER also has a large heli-pad and ambulance bay for emergency crews.

The ER will start accepting patients on Monday February 18th at 7:00 a.m.  It will be open 24 hours a day.

Tri-Star will hold a grand opening Thursday where members of the community will be able to tour the facility. Tours will start at noon and run until 2 o'clock.

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