Cullman Regional is proposing to build a freestanding emergency department in the Hartselle Health Park. The Hartselle Health Park is a multi-service outpatient facility opened by the hospital in 2021.
“We’ve learned a lot about the Hartselle community and its healthcare needs over the last several years,” said Lisa Courtney, vice president of physician and outpatient services at Cullman Regional. “We’re proud to be able to add quality emergency care to the services offered in Hartselle.”
The Hartselle Health Park has had nearly 14,000 patient visits since opening its urgent care clinic, diagnostic imaging center and two physician clinics last year. The new freestanding ER will be constructed where the current urgent care clinic is located, while the urgent care services will relocate to a different area in the same building.
“Freestanding emergency departments are especially important for communities without a hospital,” said Dr. Bill Smith, chief medical officer at Cullman Regional. “This project means Hartselle residents will not have to leave their community for life-saving emergency services.”
Cullman Regional’s freestanding ER will offer on-site imaging including MRI and CT, lab capabilities and pharmacy services. It will be equipped with an ambulance bay and a helipad.
Cullman Regional has initiated the approval process with the Alabama Certificate of Need Board for the freestanding ER. Once the board makes its decision, and if the project is approved, a construction timeline will be announced.