As we first mentioned in September, the hospital is back under construction as we grow to meet the demand for our inpatient services. Here’s a quick recap:
- In July, Hospital Administration moved from the second floor to the basement to make room for 12 additional private patient rooms. Here’s a recent photo of what used to be FMH President and CEO Tom Kleinhanzl’s office:
- The north wing of the 4th floor is closed for renovations to construct eight additional private patient rooms:
Construction crews have also been completing the structural work necessary for the planned relocation of the helipad from the west side of the hospital campus to the roof of the hospital. This work will move outside in the coming weeks.
Getting construction materials to the roof to start building the new helipad will require the use of a special crane. We expect the crane to be delivered the week of November 13th. It will live near the loading dock for about five weeks.
The crane is so large, construction workers will have to lower the boom when helicopters are coming in to land — otherwise it would interfere with the flight pattern!
Getting to Ground
Another big truck — this one equipped with a massive vacuum — will be used to move the protective layer of stones from the top of the hospital to a truck at ground level. As you might imagine, this will not be a quiet process. We apologize in advance to our neighbors for the inconvenience. The work is scheduled for the weekend of November 12th and 13th, and we’ve been assured the contractors will work as quickly as they can to keep their time on the site to a minimum.
Shedding a Little Light
Construction crews will be working extra-long hours to minimize the amount of time our neighbors will have to contend with the extra hustle and bustle caused by this project. Since they’ll work from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and we’re quickly losing daylight hours, construction lighting will be used to light the work area.
Our Pledge: to Keep You Informed
Whether you’re an immediate neighbor with a question about the construction process or a member of the Frederick Community curious about what’s going on, we’re here to answer your questions. As always, you can leave a comment or question right here on the blog and we’ll get right back to you.
If you’d prefer to speak to a real, live human being (I promise I’m real and live, but sometimes it’s not the same), please call our Construction Update Hotline at 240-566-3366. We’ll have the latest construction updates recorded there and you’ll have the option to leave us a message. A member of our staff will get back to you as soon as possible.
Interested in what the progress looks like? Check out our Flickr Photostream! We’ll keep all of our construction-related photos in sets labeled by month.
Lastly, if you’d like to receive these construction updates along with some health information and details on local health events, we encourage you to sign up for our new Share the Health Community Digest. If you sign up, the e-newsletter will be delivered right to your email box twice a month to keep you in the loop.