ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- A $15 million emergency department expansion in Elizabethtown is almost complete. Crews are in the final stages of construction at Hardin Memorial Hospital.

“We’re going to have some state-of-the-art equipment and really be able to provide some top-notch care,” said Deanna Parker, Vice President of Emergency Services.  

The project adds 14,000 square feet along specialized rooms for patients with mental health needs and victims of sexual assault. A CT scanner will be located inside the department to speed up diagnosis. This could reduce crucial seconds for patients suffering a stroke.

The building uses a new layout designed to make it easier to monitor and respond to patients.

The hospital says it has the fourth-busiest ER in the state, and the department has simply outgrown the space. 

"The ER that they're currently working out of here was really meant to serve around 40,000 patients a year, and they're already seeing over 70,000," Parker said.  

The expansion should be finished by mid-March.

Once the new project is finished, the existing ER will be rebuilt with a modern layout.

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