Nurse Karen Lazzo demonstrates the use of a portable monitor Tuesday in a trauma room at Beaufort Memorial Hospital's new $14.5 million emergency center, which opens today to patients. The Dr. George N. Pratt and Sarah Meyer Pratt Emergency Center is 20,500 square feet, more than twice the size of the previous ER, and can accommodate 45 patients, up from 24. It has a 45-seat waiting area, 26 private rooms, two triage rooms, two trauma rooms, decontamination areas and isolation rooms. Plans include a kiosk where patients can check in by swiping a driver's licenses or ID. For more information, go to www.bmhsc.org.