Standalone ER coming to suburban Lake Worth

Posted at 8:16 PM, Apr 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-22 20:16:12-04

You'll soon have a new place to get help for a medical emergency without going to the hospital.

Delray Medical Center is opening a standalone emergency department in suburban Lake Worth.

NewsChannel 5 got an inside look before the center opens. It has everything you'd expect in a hospital emergency room: X-rays, triage and trauma rooms, a cat scan, a lab to process blood work.

Hospital leaders say the $10 million project should make it easier for you to get treated.

“People can access high quality medical attention right here in their own backyard. What I think it will do is really improve the overall efficiency and turnaround time when it comes to emergency care,” explained Chief Operation Officer Jared Smith.

Medical staff who will work at the center stressed this is not an urgent care center. This department will operate like any hospital ER and will be open 24/7.

“If you've been to any ER, you know it's crowded. You know it takes time to be seen and that's a big issue,” said Dr. Hank Wagner, the director of emergency medicine. “So it's bringing quality care to the people in a much more timely fashion. You can come in here, do a major workup on somebody, get answers, and have them out in an hour.”

The new ER opens May 3 at 7:00 a.m. It is located at 6250 Lantana Road.

Tenet Health, which owns Delray Medical Center, also has a standalone ER in Coconut Creek.