State, local and Atrium Health officials, including Gov. Brian Kemp, celebrated the groundbreaking Tuesday for Atrium Health Floyd’s freestanding emergency department (FSED) in Trion. The facility will provide 24/7 emergency care to residents of Summerville, Trion, Lyerly, Menlo and surrounding communities.

The $18.4 million FSED will be located next to Walmart on U.S. Highway 27 and will provide convenient and easy access to residents countywide. The facility will include six treatment rooms along with onsite laboratory and imaging services, including x-ray and a computed tomography (CT) scanner.

It will employ an estimated 44 people once open in 2023.

“Thank you for the opportunity to join you for the groundbreaking of the very first ground-up, freestanding emergency department in Georgia and the only freestanding emergency department dedicated to rural health,” said Kemp, who spoke to the crowd that gathered where the facility will be constructed. “This emergency room is going to move the families of this county toward a healthier life. It will improve quality of life; it will make Chattooga County more attractive to business and industry and it will lower the mortality rates for this county.”