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Greene County General Hospital construction project right on schedule

Friday, January 11, 2013

Brad Robinson of Garmong Construction Services works Friday morning to install duct work in the future pharmacy space at Greene County General Hospital. By Sabrina Westfall
Three months in to Greene County General Hospital's $6.5 million renovation project, the expansion is right on track.

Chief Operating Officer Brenda Reetz said since the ground-breaking ceremony on Oct. 12 -- with construction starting the following Monday -- Garmong Construction Services is right on schedule.

"The snow did cause them to re-prioritize, but they are right on track," Reetz said. "They (Garmong) are familiar with hospital needs and what is important to us."

The construction work has been focused mainly on the exterior of the building, installing the new main entrance, the physical therapy department and pharmacy space.

She said starting next week, construction will begin on the third floor to install a new sprinkler system.

"The new main entrance, physical therapy department and pharmacy will be completed by May," Reetz noted.

The new emergency department is expected to be open by October, and the 8,000 square foot expansion of the emergency department and radiology lab is expected to be complete by April 2014.

Reetz added some patients have had issues finding the entrances with construction causing the former main entrance to be closed.

Patients and visitors can enter on the southeast side of the building, near the construction zone, which will lead them to the emergency room. The second entrance is located at the rear of the hospital on the ground floor by the hospital.

She added the business office has moved from the hospital to a two-story white house just north of the hospital. Those who need to visit the business office do not need to visit the hospital campus, and there is parking on site.

"Our patients have been very patient with us," Reetz noted.

Reetz stressed the hospital staff has played a big part in ensuring patient satisfaction while the hospital is undergoing construction.

"The staff has been very flexible. The staff has made this possible to be easier for the patients by making suggestions on how to make their visits easier," Reetz added.

She noted the hospital staff is starting to see the changes of the expansion and ready to see the finished product, especially since the construction company began pouring concrete for the emergency room this week.

"The staff are really getting excited now that the slab is poured and they can see how it will look," Reetz said.

Reetz stressed those who are entering the hospital should take precautions not only due to construction, but the illnesses hitting the area.

"The flu is huge right now. Both entrances have face masks and anyone with flu symptoms should put on a mask. Also, anyone who is immuno-deprived should grab a mask to protect themselves from the germs," Reetz said.

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