New Emergency Services and Behavioral Health Units Ready to Open at Dexter

June 01, 2018

Southeast Health Center of Stoddard County will begin new Emergency Services effective June 4 at 7 a.m. The new Emergency Department is located adjacent to Southeast Medical Plaza at 1200 North One Mile Road in Dexter. The project also includes three ambulance bays and an update to the main hospital lobby.

Southeast’s Emergency Services, which offers 24/7 service, provides emergent and life-saving care to individuals throughout Stoddard County. The project, a total of 30,000 square feet, substantially increases the size and offering of Emergency Services. Features include a new expanded entrance and family lounge, trauma room, cardiac room, obstetrics room, three exam rooms for behavioral health patients and four rooms for non-emergent healthcare needs.

“The Emergency Services expansion will help meet the growing number of patients seeking care,” said Southeast Health Center of Stoddard County CEO Sue Ann Williams. “The new Emergency Services doubles the number of treatment rooms, which means shorter wait times for patients and a better overall patient experience,” Williams said. The new area also includes the latest technology which will benefit patients close to home.

The Adult Voluntary Behavioral Health Unit located on the second floor of the new addition is scheduled to open June 12 and includes 15 private patient rooms with full bathrooms along with areas for activities, group therapy, dining and visiting. The decor features a soft palate of colors and an abundance of light providing patients a soothing, healing environment.

The unit replaces the current behavioral health unit at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. The Dexter unit, said SoutheastHEALTH President and CEO Ken Bateman, will allow a more centralized location for services. "With its dedicated holding area for behavioral health patients within Emergency Services, there is the benefit of a safer environment for patients and staff," he added. Should patients present at these locations and, if voluntary adult inpatient behavioral health care is necessary, patients will have the services of our new inpatient facility in Dexter available for their ongoing evaluation and treatment.

Bateman noted that “as we continue to evolve our behavioral health program in Stoddard County, an outpatient clinic will be added to ensure ongoing follow-up care.” A new outpatient clinic in Cape Girardeau, led by John T. Lake, MD is expected to open Monday, June 25.

"I've had the privilege of treating patients at Southeast Hospital from all over southeast Missouri for 18 years. Transitioning to an outpatient setting allows me to establish more lasting therapeutic relationships and provide long-term stability for my patients," said Lake. The new outpatient clinic will be located at 60 Doctors' Park, Lower Level, Suite 102, in Cape Girardeau. 

Approximately 750 behavioral health patients are treated by SoutheastHEALTH annually. The multi-disciplinary treatment team includes five psychiatrists led by Pavan Palapu, MD, clinical social workers, registered nurses, recreational therapists and unit technicians. "The team meets daily to discuss the care and treatment of each patient on the unit," said Nurse Manager Tonay Wooden, BSN, RN-C. "The team works together to build a treatment plan that's appropriate for each patient."