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LewisGale Regional Health System Keeping Pace with Growth in Virginia’s Blue Ridge

With its recent designation as a Level II Trauma Center and opening its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Salem, and continued commitment to increased access, LewisGale Regional Health System is working to anticipate and meet the needs of Virginia’s Blue Ridge. “These advancements underscore our commitment to providing care for our patients no matter where they live, said Alan Fabian, LewisGale Regional Health System market president. “We are bringing services close to where our patients are, and where there is great demand for this type of care.” 

LewisGale Medical Center began its pursuit of Level II trauma status in spring 2022 in response to the area’s need for enhanced levels of comprehensive emergency service. As a designated Level II Trauma Center, the prompt, comprehensive critical care provided by the hospital not only benefits residents, but also outlying areas as it now serves as a back-up care center for rural and community hospitals. The hospital’s trauma program is staffed 24-hours a day by board-certified trauma surgeons, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, critical care physicians, and trauma trained nurses. The team is prepared for everything from gunshots to vehicle crashes, as well as injuries from other common traumas like falls. 

“Earning these designations is a reflection of the tremendous dedication that our physicians, nurses, and healthcare staff have shown as we developed the trauma program,” Fabian said. “Their efforts are already resulting in more lives being saved, and we are proud to provide our community with quality trauma care.”

Opened in late 2023, the hospital’s Level II NICU has already served numerous families, keeping moms and babies together. The 3,000 square foot space features six bassinets and treats medically fragile, premature infants and full-term newborns with infections, breathing difficulties, growth restrictions, and maternal health concerns.  

The $2.5 million-dollar investment features a highly secured area and constant monitoring of babies’ heart rates, respiratory rates, temperature, and blood pressure. Radiant warmers, incubators, and open cribs are also featured. “This underscores our commitment to providing care for our patients, especially women and children throughout their lives. The NICU is yet another example of our dedication to meet the growing needs of our community,” Fabian said. 

As part of its commitment to increased access, the LewisGale Medical Center has two freestanding emergency rooms, one near Tanglewood Mall and the other near the Blue Hills Industrial Park. LewisGale Hospital Montgomery will open the region’s third in Christiansburg later this year. Designed with patients in mind, the freestanding emergency rooms feature a fully equipped trauma bay, advanced imaging equipment, and onsite laboratory testing.

In conjunction with the hospital’s parent company, HCA Healthcare, LewisGale Regional Health System is also committed to training the next generation of healthcare providers. The hospital is a partner with Galen College of Nursing on Route 419 in Roanoke County, which will soon graduate its first nursing student class, with some committed to serving our area.