With the two-year construction project at ETMC Athens now well under way, visitors have started to see changes. The most notable are additional parking spaces at the front of the hospital and changes to the outside of the emergency department.
“We want the public to know getting into the emergency department is about to be a little different,” said Steve Lowe, director of engineering and safety at ETMC Athens.
Beginning early next week, visitors coming into the ER from the outside entrance will enter the building through a covered walkway in order to safely and easily bypass construction. The walkway is clearly visible and well marked.
Parking for the emergency department will remain in the same area – though due to construction, the last lot on the right, closest to the hospital building, is now reserved parking. The single lot to the left will be designated for handicap parking and ambulance drop-off/pick-up. The first two lots to the right are for emergency department patients. All other visitors are asked to use the front parking lot.
All 28 new spaces in the front parking lot and four new points of entrance/exit to the lot along Medical Circle – which is the name of the drive that loops around most of the hospital – will also be available for use early next week.
The two-year, $32.4 million expansion project officially kicked off with a groundbreaking in March. Construction is taking place in a series of phases as the southwest corner of the hospital is expanded with a 55,600-square-foot wraparound. Twelve thousand square feet of existing space will be remodeled. The departments being expanded are the emergency, surgical and radiology departments, along with the ICU and OB.
An estimated 100 full- and part-time employees will be hired as targeted departments expand.
Originally posted April 28 2010