More than 400 people attended a special ribbon cutting and celebrations for the new emergency department at Cumberland Medical Center last fall. The $6.3 million facility began serving patients in the Crossville community and surrounding region on October 4, 2016.
The new Emergency Department includes:
- Over 17,000 square feet of new space
- 24 total patient care rooms
- Specialty rooms for cardiac and trauma care
- New equipment and technology
“We now have the facilities necessary to move patients through the ED in a more efficient and effective manner, which creates a positive experience for both patients and medical providers,” said David Bunch, president and chief administrative officer of Cumberland Medical Center. “This new ED will help drive service excellence in all that we do throughout the medical center. The majority of our hospital admissions come from the ED – it is the front door to our organization.”
Bunch welcomed guests and recognized elected officials during his introductory remarks. He also recognized the community’s emergency first responders and the building’s architects, contractors, subcontractors and technicians. He expressed thanks to the CMC Advisory Board, and had special words of gratitude for the medical staff, team members and volunteers of Cumberland Medical Center, whom he called the “heart and soul” of the hospital.”
Bunch also praised the board of directors and leadership of Covenant Health, parent company of Cumberland Medical Center, for being “the foundation of the organization and giving CMC the ability to grow and expand its capabilities.”
Larry Mauldin, chairman of Covenant Health’s board of directors, said, “Today, we celebrate not only Cumberland Medical Center’s 65-year legacy of providing medical care for this region of Tennessee, but also its commitment to continuing that care for many years to come. We congratulate everyone who has collaborated on the project, and we extend our best wishes to CMC’s emergency department staff and physicians, whose expertise and compassion will provide life-saving care in this new facility.”
Jim VanderSteeg, Covenant Health President and CEO, said Covenant Health is proud to be part of the Cumberland Community. He added that those come to CMC and the new emergency department can expect that “our patients’ needs will come first. . . and we will strive for excellence in everything we do. Because of this focus on patients’ needs and on excellence, Covenant Health and its member organizations will be the first and best choice for healthcare in the communities we serve.”
Ed Anderson, former hospital president and current member of CMC’s Advisory Board and Covenant Health’s Board of Directors, honored the memory of David McKinney, MD, who served the community for many years, including roles as CMC’s chief of staff and medical director of the emergency department. Dr. McKinney’s vision for the new ED helped inspire the plans and design of the facility.
“Dr. McKinney worked days, nights, weekends and holidays – he was generous with his time, and he had a passion for medical education,” Anderson said. Along with representatives of Dr. McKinney’s family, he presented a plaque announcing the Dr. David McKinney Fund to provide financial assistance with continuing education.
Following the ribbon cutting, guests received tours of the new ED. A community open house was held later that day.