Construction Update – it’s coming together

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Here are a few recent photos of the hospital expansion.  As you’ll see, things are really coming together.  The photo above shows one of the decorative ceiling tiles installed in the imaging department.  By the nature of the service patients are placed in a position that requires them to look at the ceiling for an extended period of time.  To provide a little variety we’ve installed decorative ceiling tiles in the Ultrasound and CT rooms.

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This isn’t your typical door frame.  This is the door into the MRI room.  The MRI produces magnetic waves and the room is lined with copper as is the door and door frame.  The copper is in place to keep magnetic waves from leaving the room.

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This is the MRI room.  The window you see at the back of the room is on the exterior of the building and that’s how the MRI will be brought into the room.  Relocating the imaging equipment is a major undertaking.  Both the MRI and CT will be disassembled, moved and then reassembled in the new space.  Because of the size of the MRI bore it has to be brought into the new location through a window.  The orange lines you see on the floor in the picture above is tape holding cardboard in place.  Flooring is installed and the cardboard will help to protect the floor while construction is being finalized.

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Talk about a room with a view!  This picture was taken in the space that will house Cardiac Rehab. Patients will enjoy the extra space and open feeling which is enhanced by the floor to ceiling windows.

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Here are a couple of pictures of surgery space.  The top picture is of the interior of on of the six new operating rooms.  The rooms are essentially complete.  Ceiling and lighting is in, walls have had final paint and the epoxy floors are finished.  The OR’s are spacious and will easily accommodate staff and equipment needed today and into the future.  It’s difficult to anticipate how surgery will evolve over time but the size of the OR’s will accommodate advances in surgical care.  The overhead booms and equipment are impressive.  The bottom picture is of the exterior hallway that surrounds the OR’s.  You can see that the area is complete other than installation of flooring.

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Here’s a picture of what it will look like when you walk up to the counter of the bistro.  The picture was taken from the vantage point of where you’ll place your order and receive your food.  The Bistro is one of the first things you’ll see upon entering the expansion through the Outpatient Entrance.  There’s obviously a lot of work to do in this area and a lot of food service equipment to be installed.  The tile work gives the area a warm and ornate feeling.

We are just two months away from seeing patients in new space.  Internally the focus has shifted from monitoring construction to planning for move in.  Check back for more updates in the coming weeks.

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Operating Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. These are challenging and exciting times in healthcare and my blog will focus on healthcare, raising boys or being raised by boys, and living in mid America.
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