(HARLAN) The Expansion and Renovation Project at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan is a little past the half way mark.
Barry Jacobsen, Myrtue Medical Center CEO, said at this point the lab department is complete and they moved into their new area in January. The new data center was just completed and the information system staff will be moving into that area within the next week. And, they have renovated space in the old fitness center in the lower level of the clinic for temporary space for the business office staff.
Jacobsen said the major part of the project is the surgery addition and the renovation of space adjacent to that addition for a new outpatient and specialty clinic and the upgrade of the radiology department.
“The surgery addition is totally enclosed at this point and we are working on the interior finishes in that area, as well as in the specialty clinic and radiology area,” explained Jacobsen. “That part of the project should be complete in November of this year, with moves happening in December and then we would anticipate opening for business in these areas on January 1.”
Jacobsen said once the surgery and outpatient clinics have relocated they will begin renovation of those areas which will then become the new business office, administration and meeting rooms. He said this area will have a new entrance from the north side of the hospital. And, at the conclusion of the project, all of the outpatient clinical services will be accessed from the south side of the hospital and the non-clinical functions will be accessed on the north side.
Jacobsen said overall, everything is going very well. “When you plan a project like this you try to anticipate problems that might arise, and we know there are a certain amount of inconveniences you go through with a major project like this, but I’ve been very pleased with the way our team members and patients have responded,” said Jacobsen. “I think both patients and staff have been very understanding and I think are very excited about the improvements we will have once the project is complete.
The expansion and renovation project began in June of 2011 and is on pace to be completed by May of 2013. The overall cost of the project is $16.3 million and $1.5 million of that is medical equipment and technology upgrades.
(Photo: Barry Jacobsen www.myrtuemedical.org)