We’re sprinting to the finish line on the second floor, hoping to have the rooms open and occupied by our next update! Our other projects are coming along according to schedule as well. Here’s what’s growing on!
2C Medical/Surgical Unit
The finishing work is taking place on the hospital’s newest medical/surgical patient care unit – 2C. The unit will be turned over to the hospital on February 11th and it’s our hope to have the 12 new patient rooms ready for occupancy on February 20th.
The nursing staff on 2C will specialize in the care of cancer patients, patients who have had thoracic surgery, and palliative care patients. All of the nurses will be required to earn their Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) and national certification in oncology nursing (OCN). All Nursing Assistants will be trained as Patient Care Technicians.
One of the newest additions to FMH patient care services is palliative care – specialized care focused on the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness.
According to FMH’s Medical Director for Pain and Palliative Care Services, Eric Bush, MD, RPh, MBA, “Palliative care places a focus on quality of life and symptom management, most often in the setting of an individual with a chronic illness. Having a unit dedicated to patients who need palliative care will enable our staff to provide a high degree of symptom management.”
4A North Medical/Surgical Unit
Drywall installation is complete and the first coat of finishing paint is progressing nicely. Ceiling grid installation is continuing and the electrical work for the lighting fixtures is nearly complete. Work continues on the pipes for the new air handling unit. That process, which includes in-ceiling welding, will take several weeks to complete. The unit is scheduled to be ready for turnover to the hospital by March.
Workers have discovered that at some point in the hospital’s history, most likely sometime in the mid-70s, the roof was protected by a layer of tar. This was a common roofing practice at that time. The layer of tar needs to be removed from the roof before concrete can be poured. The tar removal process will take several days.
The new air handling system has arrived on campus, and the 120 ton crane is in place to hoist it to the roof. The tar-removal delay may extend the crane’s stay on campus by several weeks. The determining factor will be how quickly the tar can safely be removed.
As you can see from the photo, construction is progressing on the Penthouse and helipad. The building wrap is being installed on the Penthouse exterior wall façades. The ramp system leading from the helicopter landing site to the elevators that access the FMH Emergency Department is in place. All of the block and brick work on the elevator shaft has been completed. The new elevators are scheduled to be delivered in the coming weeks.
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