East Alabama Medical Center building emergency facility with ASC — 4 insights

Opelika-based East Alabama Medical Center plans to open a freestanding emergency department with an ASC in Auburn, Ala., The Auburn Villager reports.

Here are four insights.

1. The ASC will have four operating and procedure rooms.

2. Construction will cost an estimated $3.6 million, according to Opelika-Auburn News

3. The facility is expected to open in late summer or early fall of 2019.

4. The hospital's existing emergency department has a capacity of 36,000 annual patient visits but it currently handles 55,000, according to incoming CEO Laura Grill.

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