LewisGale Medical Center opens Second Freestanding ER

   Officials with LewisGale Medical Center, Roanoke County, and the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Monday to celebrate the opening of the hospital’s second freestanding emergency room, named Blue Hills ER.

   Located at 1423 West Ruritan Rd. in Roanoke, the nearly 10,000-square-foot freestanding emergency room is staffed by more than 30 employees, including board-certified emergency room physicians and nurses, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It will provide the same services as an emergency room that is housed within the walls of a hospital.

   Joining the only other freestanding ER in Southwest Virginia, the Cave Spring ER, Blue Hills ER is designed to meet the community’s needs today and into the future. The new state-of-the-art facility features walk-in and ambulance entrances, eight private treatment rooms, CT capabilities, digital ultrasound, and diagnostic x-rays, and an on-site laboratory.

   “As the greater Roanoke County community continues to expand, the need for 24/7 emergency care close to where people live and work is paramount,” stated Alan Fabian, LewisGale Regional Health System market president. 

   “It is very rewarding to see LewisGale Medical Center make this significant investment in our community,” said Jim McAden, LewisGale Medical Center board chairman.