WHO: Overland Park Regional Medical Center (OPRMC) ER of Olathe
WHAT: Community Open House
WHERE: 13505 S. Alden, Olathe, Kan., in front of Academy Sports and Walmart, east of 135th and Black Bob
WHEN: 10 a.m. - noon, Saturday, April 25, 2015
WHY: Overland Park Regional Medical Center (OPRMC) —part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—hosts a free Community Open House at its new 24/7 full-service Emergency Room in Olathe.  Located at 13505 S. Alden in Olathe, in front of Academy Sports and Walmart east of 135th and Black Bob, the freestanding Emergency Department offers everything a patient would receive at a traditional hospital ER, such as broken bones, loss of consciousness, pain or bleeding, and everyday illnesses and ailments. In addition to walk-in patients, ambulances will bring patients from across the area. The OPRMC ER of Olathe began accepting patients April 15.

The public event will include free bike helmet fitting and giveaway to the first 50 attendees, courtesy of the Brain Injury Association of Kansas. Child safety information will be available from CharliesHouse.org and first responder partners, including the Olathe Fire Department and Johnson County Med-Act will also attend with emergency vehicles that will be available to tour.

“We are excited to invite the community to join us at the ER of Olathe,” says Kevin Hicks, Chief Executive Officer of Overland Park Regional Medical Center.  “Olathe’s first freestanding ER represents a collaborative effort with the City of Olathe, a partnership which is an integral component to the high-quality, compassionate healthcare we deliver to residents.”

The OPRMC ER of Olathe offers Board-certified Emergency Physicians and a highly trained nursing team and support staff who work closely with EMS service providers to ensure efficient transport and emergency care. Encompassing more than 10,000 square feet, the ER of Olathe is complete with CT scanner, MRI, full laboratory for blood and other tests, full radiology department, trauma room, contamination room, isolation room and 10 patient rooms. Through a digital communications system, the ER stays in communication with surrounding area emergency rooms and diverts traffic to the ER of when needed.  If hospitalization is required, OPRMC will follow standardized medical protocols to safely transfer patients in a timely manner.

HCA Midwest Health has the metro area’s largest group of Level I, Level II, and Level III Trauma Centers and emergency departments.  The five hospitals with Emergency Departments and accredited Trauma Centers include Research Medical Center, Level I; Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Level II; Centerpoint Medical Center, Level II; Belton Regional Medical Center, Level III; and Lee's Summit Medical Center, Level III.  Research Medical Center-Brookside Campus and Menorah Medical Center round out HCA Midwest Health’s major emergency departments. Average Free Standing ER wait times, along with HCA Midwest Health’s average hospital ER wait times, are available through the iTriage app, by texting “ER” to 23000 or by visiting KCfastER.com. For more information, visit oprmc.com.