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Baystate Hospital Opens New Emergency Center

A treatment area in the emergency room at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield, MA

A brand new $45 million dollar emergency and trauma center will open Monday at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

The new emergency center is 55 thousand square feet larger than the old  ER, with double the number of patient care rooms..94. There are separate treatment centers for adults and children, and a unit dedicated to people who come in with mental health issues. Dr. Reginald Alouidor, a trauma surgeon says the new facility replaces one that was built in the 1980s and wass receiving almost twice the number of patients it was designed for

There is also a roof  top helipad.  As the only level 1 trauma center in the region, Baystate’s ER treats critically injuried people from throughout western Massachusetts.

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