CHARLOTTE — Atrium Health opened a freestanding emergency department on Tuesday (June 23). Atrium-Health — Providence, located at 11516 Providence Road, will serve southern Mecklenburg County and Union County.
The facility is exclusive to emergency medical care and is licensed through Atrium-Health — Pineville (AHP), according to Alicia Campbell, facility executive of AHP. She said the Providence location is an extension of the Pineville location. Because the Providence facility is part of the Atrium network, physicians at the emergency facility can learn the best practices from the Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute, the trauma center at Carolinas Medical Center, she added.
“The great thing about Providence is that it is not the first freestanding emergency department in our system,” Campbell said. Ten years ago, Atrium Health opened a second freestanding emergency department facility in Steele Creek. Those who have insight into opening a similar facility, clinicians, security experts and MedCenter Air partners helped plan the creation of Atrium Health Providence.
Another great thing about Providence is that “it’s one team focused on taking care of emergency department patients,” Campbell said. “It really allows us to partner and have great teamwork.”
There are 12 spaces — 10 patient areas and two observation rooms, as well as two specialized rooms for resuscitation and trauma patients, according to Antigone Branch, director of nursing and emergency services for Atrium Health.
The state-of-the-art facility can help take care of the sickest patients and is “designed to get patients in and out and be seen on a day-to-day basis,” Dr. Kyle Roedersheimer said. Roedersheimer is an emergency medicine physician with Atrium Health. The physicians at Atrium Health — Providence are board certified in emergency medicine. He said the facility can take care of patients suffering from either strokes, heart attacks or car accidents.