(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Memorial Hospital construction and renovation project is proceeding on schedule, with occupancy of the new two-story addition expected late this summer. Officials hosted a tour for members of the media recently to provide an update to the community.
One phase of the 30-month project has already been completed – the expansion and remodeling of the Atlantic Medical Center. A 1,240 square foot addition housing exam rooms and office space for Dr. James Brown’s obstetric and gynecology clinic opened in October 2011. Internal remodeling to create four additional family medicine exam rooms, nurses station, clinical offices and a new blood draw station were completed the first week of February 2012.
“We are very pleased with the progress of construction and quality of work being done,” said Pat Markham, CEO. “Our contractors have been diligent about staying on schedule, and the mild winter has certainly helped them accomplish that goal.”
Construction on the 41,690 sq. ft. addition to the east side of the hospital began in March 2011. The first floor of the addition will house a new Emergency Department, surgical suites and same day surgery area. Crews are currently installing millwork and finishing the wallpaper and paint in these areas. Gridwork for the acoustical ceiling tiles is being hung, and three elevators are being installed.
The second floor of the addition will house the medical/surgical, obstetric, and intensive care inpatient units. Progress on the second floor is about three weeks behind the first, as crews work their way through the project. The east half of the second floor is currently being dry walled and some wall finishes have begun. Wall units in the patient rooms are being installed, which anchor furnishings and house medical equipment connections including oxygen supplies and patient monitors. The west half of the second floor is being sheet rocked, and crews are finishing up the mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-ins.
The addition is expected to open for patient care late this summer. As departments relocate to the new area, remodeling will begin on the vacated space in the existing hospital building. “When remodeling begins, we are going to see a lot more construction activity in public areas,” Pat noted. “We will work to keep our community informed as changes occur. We certainly appreciate everyone’s patience as we make the necessary changes to ensure our ability to continue to provide outstanding patient care in an efficient, state-of-the-art facility.”
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