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In the emergency department at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, department manager Justin Floyd sees all kinds of patients and all kinds of health problems. Thanks to the support of the local community and the Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation, the emergency department is growing from 12 beds to more than 20 beds by spring 2018. 

Floyd has been the emergency department and intensive care unit manager at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital for almost two years and recognizes the importance of being able to serve the community’s needs. The emergency department sees up to 2,000 patients each month.

“The emergency department needs community support because it is a community service,” he said. “It is so important that we are here for people who may not have regular access to health care otherwise.”

The expansion of the emergency department will help ensure that local residents get high quality care close to home. When it’s finished, the department will have 21 private patient rooms, including two large trauma rooms, two nurse stations and a waiting room twice the size of the current waiting room.

“We want to make sure that rural emergency departments like ours provide care that is equally as good as the big city hospitals,” Floyd said.

The emergency department expansion is part of an $11-million project that also included construction of a new surgery department with two large state-of-the-art surgery suites, and a new same day care department with 14 private patient rooms.

The Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation is helping to support this overall project with a $2 million campaign. The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has announced it will finish off the foundation’s Emergency Room Renovation Campaign with a grant of $150,000, and the foundation has less than $170,000 to raise in order to receive the Murdock grant.

“We are beyond grateful for the support of the community and the Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation,” Floyd said. “We wouldn’t be able to provide such good care to patients without it.”