Frankfort Regional hosts grand opening of $8.4 million emergency department

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By Meaghan Downs

When Karen Wooldridge first came to work at Frankfort Regional Medical Center, the emergency department only had six beds for patients.
Now, after completing the $8.4 million Emergency Department renovation, Frankfort Regional has increased its number of beds from 18 to 28 enclosed private rooms, added 2,600 square feet and a new $1 million 64-slice CT scanner.
Wooldridge, the director of emergency and cardiac services, thanked her staff for their work and patience during an emergency department grand opening held last Saturday.
The emergency department officially opened for patients in September 2012 in the first-phase of Frankfort Regional’s renovation. Staff often worked in two separate facilities during the 18 months of construction as the three-phase project neared completion.
“They have continued to provide quality care to our patients,” Wooldridge said of emergency department staff.
According to Brad Wands, director of business development, Frankfort Regional’s emergency department saw about 31,416 patients last year.
Frankfort Regional Medical Center has averaged 5,685 visits from Lawrenceburg residents over the past four years, equal to about 18 percent of total ER volume, Wands said via e-mail.  
“We love it,” Lawrenceburg resident Amy Lewis, an emergency department technician at Frankfort Regional, said. “It’s been a long time coming. I think the community deserves it.”
Lewis and fellow Anderson County resident Jennifer Shuttleworth, a registered nurse in the emergency department, were volunteering Saturday for the medical center’s second Kid’s Safety Day event.
Held in honor of the late Charlie Semones to increase child safety awareness, Kid’s Safety Day featured stations to check child safety seats, a bike safety course, pool safety and more.