Southern Ocean Medical Center has opened the first phase of its new Emergency Department.

Phase II is expected to be complete in June, and when finished, the department will triple in size from 8,800 square feet to 29,000 square feet, according to a release from the hospital.

The upgrades include private space for behavioral health patients, a children’s area with a five-bed Martin Truex Jr. Pediatric Care Center, 42 private bays and expanded triage and fast track areas, the release said.

President Joseph P. Coyle said the new Emergency Department is the largest building project in the history of the medical center.

“Opening the first phase is very exciting, with beautiful new space providing spacious rooms and improved comfort and services for our patients and their families,” Coyle said.

Joel Landau