What beautiful weather we’ve been having! Memorial Hospital’s building contractors have gotten a lot of work done. Yesterday the first layer of asphalt was laid on the private drive connecting Brown and Brady streets (however there is still more work to be done on the street). In the picture above that is facing south from the current hospital, you can see the private drive in the background, along with where the new main entrance will be, future parking areas, bases for support columns in the future outpatient area, and the area where a courtyard will be.
In the picture below, you can see where the new Memorial Hospital MedSurg wings will be. Memorial will continue to be a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital (CAH). At the end of each wing, there will be tornado shelters for the safety of hospital patients and staff. It will be a relief to have tornado shelters on the same level as patient areas.
What will the new Memorial Hospital look like? We recently received a comment on this blog asking for photos of what the new hospital building will look like from the outside and a basic inside floor plan of the new building. The following artist’s rendering is a view of how the new hospital building will appear from the south:
This will be the new main entrance to Memorial Hospital. The gray building on the left side of the photo is the current hospital building, which will be connected to the new building. Our current hospital will be renovated to include space for physician clinics, MHS Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, and hospital support departments.
The following photo is the floor plan of both the existing hospital, which will be renovated, and the new hospital building. If you click on it, you will have the option to zoom in and out. (If you are having trouble, click on “View” in your web browser’s menu):
Everything that will be in the new hospital building is shown here, since the new building will have one level. The current building has four floors and a basement. Just the main floor is shown in this floor plan. The other floors will have administrative and support departments, such as Memorial Hospital Health Information Management (medical records), administrative offices, respiratory care, etc. Most non-clinical departments will either remain where they are in the current building or move to a different area of the building. MHS Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine will move to the main level of the current hospital, and Memorial Hospital’s ROSE Unit for Geriatric Behavioral Health will continue to operate on the third floor of the current hospital building.
The person who commented also asked for a list of bullet points about the benefits of this project. This will be the topic of a future post.
Do you have any questions? Feel free to leave a comment.