Hospital construction under way


By Darrin Clark • Last Updated 2:58 pm on Thursday, November 24, 2011

Construction at Spectrum Health United Hospital is well under way. Patient access has been maintained while various parts of the hospital are relocated.

GREENVILLE — Signs of construction are all over Spectrum Health United Hospital a month into a $10 million expansion and renovation project.
Many items have already been checked off the list already, according to spokeswoman Jennifer DenOuden. Hospital functions have been rearranged to accommodate the work.
DenOuden said the ambulance entrance to the Emergency Department has been temporarily relocated during construction. The walk-up entrance to the emergency department has also been relocated to the main entrance while pulmonary and respiratory therapy areas have been moved to new spaces.
Outdoors, concrete footings and foundation walls have been poured on the addition that will double the Emergency Department’s size.
“Everything is on track and on target with the construction timeline,” said Spectrum Health United Hospital President Tina Freese-Decker.
DenOuden said the exterior underground storm drains will be installed around the new Emergency Department. Underground plumbing and electrical installation will continue and concrete floors will be poured if the weather allows.
DenOuden said demolition continues in the Cardiology Department. A new nuclear medicine camera is starting to arrive in pieces, Freese-Decker said.
“We are continuing to train staff (on the camera),” Freese-Decker said.
She said all of the construction has not affected the hospital’s ability to treat patients.
“It had not impacted patient access,” Freese-Decker said.

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