If all goes according to schedule, we’re a little more than a month away from opening 12 brand new patient rooms on the second floor of the hospital. With some hard work and a little luck, the eight rooms on the fourth floor will follow shortly thereafter.
“We are all so anxious for the new nursing units to open,” says FMH Clinical Nurse Specialist Kelly Llewellyn. ”Some of the patients who will be cared for on the 2C medical/surgical unit will be receiving treatment for chronic pain. Chronic pain management is a relatively new area of expertise in medicine and advances in the discipline are helping people feel better and live full and productive lives. The new patient rooms are going to be beautiful – and comfortable, home-like surroundings can do wonders for a patient’s recovery.”
For now, the work continues!
2C Medical/Surgical Unit
Final checks of the work completed in the ceilings of the new patient rooms will be taking place this week. Lighting fixtures are being installed into the ceiling grids and painters are applying first and second coats of paint to the drywall. Casework installation (generally cabinets and countertops) is getting started, and flooring is scheduled to be delivered around the end of the week. Wall paneling is being installed along the corridors of the new unit.
4A North Medical/Surgical Unit
Drywall installation is nearly complete and the priming and painting of the walls is well underway. Ceiling grid installation is continuing and the electrical work for the lighting fixtures has begun.
A new air handling unit will be put into place on the roof of the hospital to manage the heating, air conditioning and air flow requirements of the 4th floor, so the piping that supported the old system has to be removed to make room for the new pipes. That process is underway and will take several weeks to complete.
Work on the new elevator that will connect the Emergency Department with the helicopter landing pad that is being moved to the roof of the hospital is progressing nicely. The interior work is done on the basement, 3rd and 4th floors, and is now well underway on the 1st and 2nd floors.
The temporary corridor between the Emergency Department (ED) and the Radiology Suite has been dismantled as the move of the locked double doors into the ED has been completed. The elevators are scheduled to arrive on site next month.
The small crane has returned to the loading dock area, and will remain on campus for approximately two weeks.
The crane will hoist the new air handling system to the roof when it arrives later this month, and then the crane will be removed from campus. Until the air handler arrives the crane will be off-loading construction debris and equipment that is no longer needed from the roof.
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