Hospital plans $64 million expansion

Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 at 08:39 AM.

CarolinaEast Health System is making the largest expansion and renovation project in the medical provider’s 50-year history.

The expansion includes women’s services, the emergency department and surgical enhancements for the health system. The cost over a five-year period is $64 million.

The most visible change will be the new three-story tower that will be built to the right of the existing main entrance. The new space will allow for the complete renovation and expansion of women’s and children’s services on the second floor.

“Our new mothers, our children and women in need of gynecological care deserve modern and comfortable surroundings,” said Dr. Kristi English Brown, of Eastern Carolina Women’s Center.

The new women’s and children’s health pavilion will be located in existing patient care areas that will be renovated and modernized to accommodate the special needs of the patients, according to a release. The pediatric care unit will relocate from the third floor and be adjacent to the women’s and infant care area.

Hospital officials say the first floor of the new tower will house administrative offices and public spaces while the third floor will be home to an expanded clinical laboratory, freeing up existing space to accommodate additional emergency department growth.

Leslie Allen, vice president of facilities and safety for CarolinaEast, explained that planning and precise choreography must be in place for the work to flow smoothly with minimal inconvenience with no impact on operations.

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