Improving access to health care services

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GVMH recently completed a large facility expansion to make access to health care services easier and more efficient for those we serve.  The recent expansion was close to 100,000 square feet and was focused on Outpatient Services as well as a new Emergency Department and new Surgical Suites.

We’ve seen a lot of growth in outpatient activity over the past few years and we were beginning to run out of space to meet patient demand.  The expansion helped us locate all of our outpatient services to one main corridor.  Hospital services have changed over time and more and more things are being done on an outpatient basis.  The addition has had an impact on how patients access our campus.  Prior to the expansion patients coming for outpatient services entered through the admitting entrance which was also shared by the Emergency Department.  Now the Emergency Department and Outpatient entrances are separate but both on the same side of the building and served by the same parking lot.

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) recently announced a 50/50 cost share program.  The City of Clinton and GVMH partnered on an application and were awarded a grant to add a Right In / Right Out from 7/13 highway to the hospital campus.

You can see from the picture above the new entrance from the highway will cross Gaines Drive and enter the campus at the service road that runs between the Life Flight Eagle hangar and the new outpatient parking area.

The new highway access will make access to campus easier and more efficient for patients and visitors traveling to GVMH from the South and East and will make exiting campus for vehicles heading to the West and North easier and safer as well.

The 50% cost share opportunity offered by MoDOT made the decision to improve the access easy.  Without the cost share program the only way GVMH could have improved highway access would have been to pay for the project our on own.  The cost share opportunity will provide a very cost effective approach and we will essentially get $1.00 of improvement for every $0.50 invested.  The City of Clinton will oversee and sponsor the project while GVMH and MoDOT will split the cost evenly.

The work will begin soon and is currently out to bid.  Bids to do the work are due to the City by February 28 and work should begin mid-March with the intent of construction being complete by May 25.  We all recognize how much traffic through our community changes over the summer months and project completion by May 25 will allow for work to be complete prior to the Memorial Day Weekend or the official kick off to summer.

GVMH devoted a lot of resources to improve our physical facility to improve access for our patients, their families and visitors.  The new highway access will provide improved and efficient access to our campus for not only patients, their families and visitors but also to emergency vehicles.

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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