The Enloe hospital ER on the Esplanade is reporting a 50 percent increase in patient intake, with 65 thousand patients per year. They're planning now to build a new facility to address the problem.
A new three-story, 126 thousand square foot medical facility could soon spring up on this plot of land on W. East Avenue. The hospital says its meant to consolidate all prompt care patient services under one roof.
Neighbors of the soon-to-come facility say they are glad more medical facilities are being built, but are more concerned about potential traffic congestion. One man we spoke to cited the unfinished construction planned for Eaton Road.
The hospital says that they've taken that into account, saying they have completed a traffic study of Highway 32 up past the 99 junction to track what the traffic flow would be like once the office building is completed.
But residents are still left wondering how the city plans to manage the flow of traffic.
Once approved by the city council, construction is expected to begin in April. The hospital says the new facility will be able to see 500 patients a day.