Memorial Hospital in Chester will begin a five- year renovation project starting April 23.
This summer, the hospital will begin installing a new front entrance canopy and main entrance renovation. The main entrance will be closed from April 23-28 for initial preparation, and then again from mid-June through August for canopy construction.
The Emergency Room entrance will become the main entrance during this period, officials said. Patients and visitors who are not using handicap parking, Emergency Room and Convenient Care services should continue to park in the main parking lot, leaving the ER spots for patients needing immediate care or handicap parking. There will also be additional patient parking along Memorial Drive next to the Emergency Room Parking.
The canopy bid was awarded to Lake Contracting of Addieville, Ill. for $305,493. The new structure will provide a covered drop off and pick up area to protect patients from the weather. During the construction of the new canopy, the front lobby will also be renovated, making it the main admitting area for nonemergency services.
Though the outside will not change much, Memorial Hospital is beginning a multiphase remodel plan with the goal of improving patient flow, staff workflow, safety, and an upgrade to efficient utilities while utilizing the existing square footage. Many patient care departments will be relocated from the basement to the main floor during the process including: specialty clinics, cardiopulmonary, nuclear medicine and lab services.
"These renovations are necessary to provide patients easier access to health care services they need. The renovations will also create a better workflow for the employees," said Memorial Hospital CEO Brett Bollmann.
In 2019, the hospital will begin renovation on the South Wing, which will become the new home for the inpatient Med-Surg and Intensive Care Unit. The new Med-Surg unit will provide state-of-the-art technology with spacious private rooms.
While the hospital undergoes the multiphase remodeling, patients will still have access to the same quality care they currently experience. The ER will continue to remain open 24/7 as the facility is improved to provide the best care possible to the community.