Editorial

The emergency room at Cullman Regional is visited by 50,000 people annually, but with a $30 million investment, help is on the way.

Cullman Regional CEO James Clement unveiled the investment plan Thursday during a press conference at the hospital, noting that the work planned will increase capacity of the Critical Care Unit and the Emergency Department by 50 percent each.

The project will also include adding five behavioral health treatment rooms.

Clements noted that the existing emergency room was designed not to exceed 40,000 patients annually, but the demand for emergency care and the hospital’s regional position has driven those numbers up for several years.

Cullman Regional is seeing more than 1,000 behavioral cases per year in the emergency room, which is a growing concern not just in Cullman but statewide.

The hospital response to invest in the community’s need is greatly appreciated. Clements said infrastructure upgrades will also be part of the project through some grants.

Cullman city officials have also secured funding for four-laning Alabama 157, which will be a tremendous benefit for the community and patients using the hospital’s services.

Special planning is also in place so that the existing emergency department remains in operation while the additions and other improvements are made.

Cullman Regional is making a much-needed investment for health care that will be a longterm benefit for patients locally and those who travel here for treatment.

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