Officials at Navicent hope newly rented mobile hospital will lower ER wait times

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Navicent Health officials unveiled their newly rented Med 1 Mobile Hospital on Wednesday.

“The purpose of this for us–for Navicent Health–is really to serve the community better and how is it that we can expedite access to care at the right time and the right place with our great clinicians,” said Navicent’s CEO Dr. Ninfa Saunders.

It’s a new facility with one objective–more space for more patients.

“We had such a large influx of volume over the last few months, we really needed to be able to expand rapidly to be able to accommodate those patients and to be able to accommodate them timely,” Medical Director John Wood told 41NBC.

Saunders and Wood revealed their solution to overcrowding in the hospital’s ER Wednesday afternoon.

“Inside we have 14 treatment spaces that are equivalent to the treatment spaces that we have in our main building. We have the exam tables, all the standard equipment, medications. Everything you can get inside you can get in here,” Wood explained.

Both he and Saunders say seeking treatment inside the newly rented unit won’t come at any extra cost to patients.

“We will absorb this just because it is the right thing to do when patients come to us,” Saunders said.

Navicent rented the mobile hospital from Atrium health–a North Carolina hospital they’re currently in talks with for a strategic merger.

“Our strategic combination is not completed so this is not because we’re already together. Atrium Health will do this for any community that has a need,” Saunders continued.

Though she says the merger isn’t solidified, it’s a step toward building a good relationship with Atrium.

“Having them support us in our need is really very important to begin to define the future value of the atrium combination with Navicent in the future,” she added.

The Med 1 Mobile Hospital will officially open its doors Thursday morning at 8:00. Officials say they’re working with the county and law enforcement to manage the change in traffic flow due to the mobile unit.