Hospital plans $64 million expansion

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

“We are going to experience some growing pains,” Allen said.

There will be more than 38,000 square feet of new construction and more than 72,000 square feet.

The emergency department expansion and renovation is designed to solve congestion problems in the area and increase patient privacy.

“We see approximately 75,000 patients each year in our emergency department and Express Care,” said Dr. Vivek Parwani, the hospital’s medical director for emergency services. “This area was designed to see half that number. An expansion is mandatory if we are going to continue to meet the growing demand for services in the uncertain future of our industry.”

Plans include two new replacement operating suites for general and cardiovascular surgery and the relocation of the post-operative patient care area to the second floor of the new tower.

Outside, the parking lot is to be reconfigured, and a hallway will be constructed across the front of the building to connect the current main entrance to the existing patient registration entrance. The existing patient registration entrance will eventually become the emergency department entrance.

Before groundbreaking can occur, a Certificate of Need must be filed with the state in June, followed by the development of detailed construction documents after the state’s approval. The entire expansion and renovation will be funded through cash reserves and revenue, according to a release.

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