If anyone had questions about whether construction on El Centro Regional Medical Center is moving forward, those questions have been put to rest. Anyone driving past the hospital on South Imperial Avenue has seen the two-story walls that have been erected, forming what will soon be a new section of the hospital.
The expansion of the hospital is long overdue. It will allow the hospital to increase its services. That is a key step. As the city and Imperial County grow, the need for expanded and totally modern health care grows.
El Centro Regional's expansion will include a 48-bed medical surgical wing; an expansion of the emergency room, making it a 20-bed facility; a four-bed expansion of the intensive care unit; a rooftop heliport with direct access to the medical/surgical wing; larger entrances for both the emergency room and main lobby; a new surgical suite of five operating rooms; two specialized procedure rooms and a new centralized registration system.