Those people going to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital are going to have to start using a different entrance as workers near the end of the first phase of a $36 million renovation project.One of the biggest aspects of the project, the hospital’s new emergency department. is scheduled to open Wednesday, April 29. Workers now need to complete a new patient drop-off area, and that means the hospital’s main entrance will be closed starting Monday.
Hospital administrators ask that all patients, visitors and employees use the new emergency department/outpatient entrance on the east end of the hospital.
Those visiting the second or third floors should use the bank of elevators in the west end of the hospital, which may be accessed at the CARE Unit or Wound Care Center entrance.
Tours of the new emergency department will be offered Monday during an open house and reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. A ribbon cutting ceremony is also scheduled Monday at 5:30 p.m.
The opening of the emergency department comes less than a year after ground was broken on the $36.5 million renovation project. It is the largest project ever undertaken in Hopkins County by any single business or organization, according to hospital officials.
The emergency center is expanding from approximately 3,600 square feet to more than 14,000 square feet. The number of patient rooms is increasing from eight to more than 20.
Besides the new emergency department, the renovation work includes a new patient tower with private rooms, a renovated and enlarged lobby and waiting areas, new and updated infrastructure components, and many other upgrades.
The project will cover some 63,000 square feet in total. The cost is estimated at $36.5 million.
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