Augusta, GA — Doctors Hospital of Augusta received approval from the Georgia Department of Community Health to build the first freestanding emergency room in Evans, Georgia. This will be the first free-standing emergency room in the State of Georgia.

“We know that when people experience emergencies they’re looking for fast, high-quality and convenient care. By bringing an ER to the Evans area we will be able to meet the community’s growing need with the same high-level of care that we offer in our main emergency room,” said Doug Welch, Doctors Hospital Chief Executive Officer.

The 12-bed, 12,760 square foot facility will be located on North Belair Road in Evans. The project will add some 40 staff members to the Doctors Hospital system.

“When people experience a medical emergency, they want care that is accessible and provided by experienced physicians. The physicians who will provide care at our new ER in Evans will all be board-certified in emergency medicine and all of our nurses will be experienced in emergency care,” said Dr. Tom Zickgraf, Medical Director of Emergency Services for Doctors Hospital.

The ER will be open 24-hours a day, offering around-the-clock emergency medical services. It will also offer a full lab, radiology, and telemedicine services.

In 2019, more than 74,000 patients received emergency care at Doctors Hospital.

“The people of Columbia County vote with their feet. They already choose us for their ER care,” said Dr. Chris Hogan Doctors Hospital Medical Director for Trauma Services. “This will allow us to be closer to many of them when they need us.”

The new facility will be located at 464 North Belair Road in Evans.