Your Health: August 13, 2013 Brookwood Freestanding ER

      People living and working along Highway 280 will soon have faster access to an emergency room.{}{}{}{} Today, the Alabama Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the state's decision to allow Brookwood Medical Center to open a free standing emergency department in North Shelby County.{}{}{}{} The court believed it could make the difference between life and death for some children and adults.{}{}{}{} The 19 million dollar emergency department will be the first of its kind in Alabama.{}{}{}{} The facility will have 24-hour fully staffed laboratory services, along with pharmacy and diagnostic services, including CT, MRI, X-ray and ultrasound. {}{}{}{}{} The ruling upholds the Certificate of Need awarded to Brookwood in 2010.