After a unanimous vote Tuesday night by the Greenville County Council, funding has been approved for the reopening of the Prisma Health Emergency Department in Travelers Rest, which had been closed for two years.
The council decided to allocate more than $13 million of the American Rescue Plan funds to reopen the North Greenville Hospital emergency department. Soon, Prisma Health’s emergency department will be accessible round-the-clock.
After becoming the primary inpatient facility for COVID-19 patients in the Upstate, the hospital’s emergency department (ED) was formally closed down in November 2020. Less than one patient was brought to the ER every two hours at night while it was open, according to Prisma, and 90% of those patients could have received care in a primary care or urgent care facility.
According to a prior presentation by Prisma Health’s COO, Clarence Sevillian, the emergency department will reopen in about 100 days pending the fulfillment of state and regulatory requirements.
The American Rescue Plan funds that were approved by the council also included $2 million for moving the county’s emergency operations center to McAlister Square and $3 million for MetroConnects sewer upgrade projects in the mill villages of Dunean and Mills Mill.