Beverly Hospital broke ground on the landmark expansion of its Emergency Care Center (ECC) on Wednesday, December 13 at 10:00 a.m. The expansion project is expected to be completed by 2020. Once completed, the ECC will double in size to 16,800 sq ft and the project will cost upwards of $12 million. Funding for this project came primarily from bonds and also the generous support of donors in the community.
The ECC expansion will nearly double the number of beds, increasing from 17 to 32 and will include two new Rapid Medical Exam Rooms, which are used to quickly treat non-life-threatening conditions. Additionally, the expansion will include the build-out of a new walk-in entrance on the east side of the current ECC, as well as a modification to the north half of the ambulance pad in preparation for a new building and a remodel of the waiting area and nursing station.
“The newly expanded ECC will help fill a vital gap for those experiencing an injury or illness, and cannot wait for an appointment with their primary care physician,” said Alice Cheng, President and Chief Executive Officer of Beverly Hospital. “This expansion will improve access to emergent care services and help us better serve our growing community’s health care needs.”