Memorial Breaks Ground for Emergency Department Expansion and Renovation and Announces Major Gift

(March 12, 2014) -  Memorial Health in Savannah broke ground today to begin a major renovation and expansion of its emergency department and Level 1 trauma center and announced a $1 million donation from Parker's Convenience Stores.

"This $15 million expansion project is of critical importance for our community and our region, because it will allow us to serve even more patients," said Maggie Gill, president and CEO of Memorial Health. "Greg Parker is a passionate advocate for the redesign process of our emergency department and we are grateful for his dedication and enthusiasm for this project.

"It's an honor to partner with such an important institution. I myself have had multiple experiences with the emergency center, and have seen firsthand the high level of care that these fine physicians, nurses and healthcare professionals provide," said Greg Parker, CEO of Parker's Convenience Stores. "While many families need the services from a cancer or heart center, absolutely every family needs the help of their emergency or trauma center. At Parker's, we are committed to serving everyone in our community, just like Memorial. We look forward to a positive relationship with Memorial, working to renovate, expand and improve the emergency and traumas center for the benefit all the residents in our retail market area."

The new, expanded facility will be named Parker's Emergency & Trauma Center in honor of Parker's Convenience Stores. Parker, a member of the Memorial Health Foundation's Board of Trustees, established a $1 million endowment for emergency services at Memorial Health.

"Of course, this expansion project would not be possible without the support of our Chatham County Commission, who enabled Memorial's bond refinancing with county credit support. This project was one of the priorities we brought to them when we began discussions with our commissioners, and we are grateful for their support," said Gill.

The current emergency department was built in 1992 to accommodate up to 45,000 visitors per year. But last year, Memorial received 95,000 emergency visits. Another 2,800 people received care in Memorial's Level 1 trauma center, the only one of its kind between Charleston, S.C., and Jacksonville, Fla.

The expansion will bring the total number of emergency room treatment areas to 74, which is almost double the current number. The project is expected to take two years to complete.

Parker's currently operates 34 convenience stores dedicated to superior customer experience in seven counties throughout southeast Georgia and South Carolina and sells Parker's proprietary brand gasoline. Parker's is dedicated to exceeding customer expectations and being recognized throughout the region as the preeminent convenience store operation. For more information about Parker's, please visit www.parkersav.com.

Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 622-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center. You can follow us at facebook.com/memorialhealthtwitter.com/mymemorial, andyoutube.com/memorialhealth.