NNMC breaks ground on freestanding emergency department

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Northern Nevada Medical Center has broken ground for a freestanding emergency department in northwest Reno. NNMC says the facility, ER at McCarran NW, is the first of its kind in northern Nevada.

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“We are excited to extend emergency services in Reno and meet the healthcare demands of our growing region,” says Alan Olive, CEO of Northern Nevada Medical Center. “This new facility will deliver care closer to home, and through board-certified physicians and skilled nursing staff, we will treat patients similar to that of a hospital ER.”

The facility will be open around the clock on North McCarran near Robb Drive, with no appointments necessary. The goal is an opening in early 2020.

NNMC says much like to a hospital ER, the facility will treat a variety of emergency medical needs, including chest pain, broken bones, minor lacerations, flu, and other ailments. If a patient requires a higher level of care, NNMC will work with paramedics to transport patients to an appropriate hospital.

The facility will have eight treatment rooms, including fast-track exam rooms designed to triage low-severity patients. Also offered will be advanced imaging services such as CT, X-Ray and MRI, lab and pharmacy. NNMC says the delivery care model is designed to produce shorter wait times for patients who do not require the services offered at a full-service hospital, and anticipates that opening this facility will streamline care across the region, reducing all hospital wait times.

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