Saint Joseph-Jessamine RJ Corman Ambulatory Care Center reached a milestone as its emergency department treated its 100,000th patient Nov. 5.
Since opening its doors Jan. 2, 2009, SJJ has been able to meet the demand, emergency department and operations manager Dan Andrews said.
“We expected to see 48 (patients) per day when we opened,” Andrews said. “We have averaged as high as 77 per day for a fiscal year; this year we are closer to 60 per day.”
SJJ leadership says the primary mission of the facility is providing quality emergent care for residents of Jessamine County.
“Reaching this milestone so early in our facility’s history is a testament to the need we’re fulfilling in Jessamine County,” said Shelley Neal, vice president of ambulatory care for KentuckyOne Health.
While the stand-alone facility has no inpatient beds, it does offer 24-hour access to X-rays and labs, providing care without the drive to Lexington. The facility also offers X-ray and lab services on an outpatient basis, based on physician referral. MRI services are also on site at least one day per week.
Andrews said SJJ has seen a variety of illnesses and injuries since January 2009.
“About 30 percent of the patients we care for are pediatric patients, less than 18 years of age,” he said. “More than 90 percent of the patients we care for are treated and released, meaning that we are able to provide all of the care they need without them having to go to Lexington or another area for treatment.
“There are 26 stoplights between here and the nearest emergency facility in Lexington,” Andrews said. "We’re providing top-quality care, closer to home for our patients, and in an urgent situation, the time saved can really make a difference.”