Margaretville Hospital begins renovation and expansion

Emergency Dept. updates, Women’s Health Center, ambulance garage work
among projects underway

Margaretville — Work is underway to expand and modernize Margaretville Hospital’s Emergency Department, create a Women’s Health Center within the hospital and to refurbish the ambulance garage. The construction began mid-December and is expected to be completed by early April 2010.
The renovations to the Emergency Department will increase patient capacity from two to five. The new layout, which includes two trauma beds and three individual rooms for emergency cases, will greatly enhance patient privacy. Among the many innovations planned for the new department is the convenience of bedside patient registration through the use of a mobile registration unit.
When asked about the renovations to the Emergency Department, hospital CEO Edmond Morache said, “These are the first major changes to our Emergency Department since 1969 and it needed renewal in every way. These alterations are much more than cosmetic. This will be a state of the art unit designed to enhance patient care and provide our doctors and staff with an efficient and well-organized environment.”
The rearrangement caused by the renovation of the Emergency Department created space for a Women’s Health Center within the hospital. The center will include the most up to date digital mammography, bone densitometry testing equipment and an education room. “By creating a separate space for women who are having these exams, we will be able to reduce patient anxiety,” explained Radiology Manager Tony Allen. Mr. Allen continued, “The space provided for patient education will increase resources available to our patients and help us reduce the worry associated with the tests and the outcomes.”
The hospital is also refurbishing the ambulance garage to accommodate the recently purchased four wheel drive ambulance and an ambulance purchased several years ago that has been stored in a temporary shelter.
“All of this is part of a plan that has been discussed for nearly eight years,” Director of Nursing Marilyn Donnelly explained, “and really began to take shape two years ago.”
The majority of the cost for the renovation and expansion project are being covered by a fund drive conducted two years ago. The remaining expense will be paid by Foundation funds. Hospital officials expect no disruption of current patient services while the construction is in progress.