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TriStar Summit ER gets green light

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Wednesday morning TriStar Summit Medical Center got approval to build a freestanding emergency room in Mt. Juliet.

The nod came after a hearing held Wednesday where TriStar Summit's Certificate of Need application was reviewed by the Health Services and Development Agency. The approval has been long awaited and anticipated.

"We are most appreciative of the Health Services and Development Agency for approving our application for a satellite emergency department at the intersection of Beckwith Road and I-40," TriStar Summit CEO Jeff Whitehorn said after the hearing. "We are also grateful for the outpouring of support from the Mt. Juliet community. Our new emergency room will offer convenient, round-the-clock care and will allow TriStar Summit to better meet the health care needs of this rapidly growing part of Wilson County."

Whitehorn said there are plans for 24/7 emergency care at the one-story, 8,900-square-foot facility that will have eight emergency treatment rooms and a pediatric-friendly environment.

He noted it was an easy decision to expand to Mt. Juliet and offer emergency services. Whitehorn said the vast majority of Mt. Juliet's citizens choose TriStar Summit in an emergency. About 9,000 West Wilson and Mt. Juliet citizens used Tri-Star summit's emergency room last year. He said now there will be shorter drive and wait times.

Already, in 2010 TriStar Summit opened Summit Walk-in Clinic in the Providence shopping area near Publix. It's now named CareSpot TriStar Health. They also in 2014 opened TriStar Summit Medical Plaza in south Mt. Juliet.

"We made a commitment to Mt. Juliet seven years ago that our facilities would continue to grow with this community," Whitehorn said Wednesday. "We are pleased that we can now expand upon our presence in Mt. Juliet through the construction of the new freestanding emergency room."

The ER will be operational for first quarter of 2017, according to Julie Plummer, director of marketing and public relations.

Writer Laurie Everett may be contacted at laurieeverett1@gmail.com.

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