An emergency room is available again in Travelers Rest.
Prisma Health re-opened the emergency department at its North Greenville Hospital at 7 a.m., today in a public-private partnership between Prisma Health and Greenville County.
In September, the county approved $13.49 million in one-time federal COVID-19 relief funds to help re-open the emergency department, which had been closed in 2020 when the hospital was used as a COVID unit. Prisma Health had been most recently using the space at 807 N. Main St. in Travelers Rest as a walk-in primary care unit to address urgent care needs, according to a Prisma Health news release.
“Prisma Health is committed to meeting the health care needs of the communities we serve, and we are excited about offering emergency services in North Greenville,” Prisma Health Chief Operating Officer Clarence Sevillian said in the news release. “This reopening is possible because of this partnership between Greenville County and Prisma Health, and our shared commitment to encourage the health and wellbeing of all people in the North Greenville community.”
Dan Tripp, chairman of the Greenville County Council, said, “This major investment by the county in the Prisma Health North Greenville Hospital Emergency Department ensures that residents will have convenient access to 24/7 emergency department care. This public-private partnership is a wonderful example of how a community can come together to find creative solutions.”
The ED space has been extensively re-upfitted and updated. It features eight patient treatment rooms, including a critical-care trauma room, new medical equipment, updated computer and IT support and expanded ambulance bay. The Emergency Department will be open 24/7 and be staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians, acute care trained nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists and paramedics, the release said.
“We’re proud to offer close-by emergency department care to our community and will continue our efforts to invest in the expansion of health care beyond the ED walls, continuing our commitment to expanding primary care options in the community,” Adrienne Talbert, COO of the North Greenville Hospital and Greenville Memorial Hospital campuses, said in the release.
Walk-in Care North Greenville, which had been located in the ED footprint post-COVID, will re-open in a larger space on the North Greenville Hospital campus in the spring. The expanded primary-care space will allow for an additional four exam rooms, with recruitment already underway for an additional two providers. Prisma Health Travelers Rest Family Medicine is also recruiting for more providers. Prisma Health also sponsors health-awareness events in Travelers Rest.