BRANSON, Mo. -

CoxHealth is investing more than $30-million dollars on an expansion to meet the growing healthcare needs of the lakes area.

Things can get pretty hectic at the Emergency Room at CoxHealth Medical Center Branson.

“It is difficult at times.  We do work at a very fast pace,” stated ER employee Jason Hammer.  “Of course our doctors are going 100 miles an  hour, and so is about everybody else. “

The Emergency Room at Cox Medical Center Branson has been bursting at the seams.  In fact, 37,000 people a year come through here for treatment.   40% of them are tourists from out of town.

When CoxHealth took over the former Skaggs hospital early this year, it promised to pump a lot of money into the place for expansions and upgrades.  Now, $30.8-million is being spent on a new, bigger, state-of-the-art Emergency Department.

“It is a brilliant construction. We are going to have smart rooms in our emergency department. Which means we will be able to do more things- basically through the electronic age,” explained Dr. Robert Blackshear.

“I am very excited.  I really cannot wait to see it and actually be able to work in the environment,” Hammer stated.

Rising three stories, the new addition will include 32 private exam and treatment rooms.  The second story of the new building will house a new coronary-care unit.

The new facility is expected to be completed in November 2014.