TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee Nation’s W.W. Hastings Hospital opened a larger, more patient-friendly emergency room Oct. 10.
The new ER is twice as large, with 13 private rooms, each equipped with cardiac heart reading monitors. The unit also has new X-ray stations and a trauma room that can take patients to a CAT scan on the same floor. The emergency room remains on the second level and is now connected to a new urgent care wing. Urgent care was upgraded to feature another 17 rooms for walk-ins with less severe emergency needs.
“These upgrades give our patients more privacy and space, allowing our doctors to see them more quickly and with more equipment,” said Connie Davis, executive director of Cherokee Nation Health Services.
When W.W. Hastings opened in 1984, it was built to serve 65,000 outpatients per year.
The Cherokee Nation assumed control of the hospital from Indian Health Services in October 2008 and now treats 400,000 patients per year. The ER alone handles 40,000 visits per year.
The urgent care wing opens in early November. The entire project is part of an overall $7 million expansion to Hastings.
that also includes renovations to its labor and delivery and physical therapy wings. Bronze Oak LLC Contractors, a Cherokee business, led the construction project.