In the wake of moving to larger quarters in space dedicated to it alone, the "fast-track" emergency room at El Centro Regional Medical Center also has had its hours extended.
Virgie Galindo, assistant administrator and chief nursing officer, said the fast-track facility now is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 9 am. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Fast-track remains in the south hall of the hospital, but now occupies space formerly assigned to the outpatient rehabilitation services (physical therapy) department. Rehabilitation has been moved to newly refurbished facilities in an ancillary building on the hospital campus.
Fast-track formerly used a room in the endoscopy department facility during hours when endoscopy was closed. The move increases the number of gurneys available to fast track from three to six, as well as recliner chairs for patients.