Greenville hospital project on target for spring 2013


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 7:41 pm on Friday, March 23, 2012

GREENVILLE — The United for Health project broke ground in October and is set to be officially opened in spring of 2013. However, facilities will begin to open as early as this May.

The project consists of construction and renovations to all of the outpatient services, which include Stanley and Blanche Ash Emergency Department, Bill Braman Family Diagnostic Center, Ray and Mary Tower Main Lobby, Spectrum Health United Heart and Vascular Center and Patient Access and Registration.

“The weather this winter has allowed our contractors to be ahead of schedule for the exterior of the new Emergency Department,” DenOuden said.

Because of the mild temperatures, brick was laid during the winter. DenOuden said brick work was not scheduled until spring.

“Being ahead on the schedule allows opportunity for flexibility going forward should we experience an unusually wet spring or experience adverse conditions moving forward,” she said.

In May, the Spectrum Health United Heart and Vascular Center will open. The Stanley and Blanche Ash Emergency Department will open in June.

DenOuden said an open house is being planned for these two facilities for June 2.

Still to be completed at the Stanley and Blanche Ash Emergency Department is the finishing of drywall, painting, installation of the ceiling, lights and flooring.

Cabinets and nurse station desks, finishing touches such as pictures, containers, hand sanitizer dispensers and signs are among small items to be installed as well.

February marked the start for construction on the Bill Braman Family Diagnostic Center, the Mary Tower Main Lobby, Patient Access and Registration and the new hospital gift shop, she said.

“The United for Health project continues to move ahead and be on schedule,” Chief Clinical Officer Percy Mahar said. “It is exciting to see building plans become reality and anticipate how these new facilities will increase patient care and access to health care services.”

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