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Carroll County Memorial Hospital Board of Directors has approved the architectural design for a three floor addition on the south side of the hospital campus. The new building will be attached to the hospital though two hallway entrances. “This will allow CCMH to remain competitive with the regional healthcare offerings” Rex Buhrmaster, President of the Board of Directors stated. “The plan allows for expansion of outpatient clinic space, medical office space and the establishment of day surgery.”
CCMH will be adding some very much needed new services, expanding some growing services and adding medical office space that is attached to the hospital. The ground floor will house “Day Surgery”. The goal of day surgery is to first and foremost provide needed services to our patients that they currently have to travel to receive and second to provide a more convenient process for our patients and families by eliminating 60-150 miles of drive time. Additionally, some existing services will be relocated to the surgery area such as GI procedures. The first floor will house the new expanded “Outpatient Clinic” space. Existing outpatient clinics will be relocated to this space and there will be room for future growth for this department. The second floor (top) will be “Medical Office” space. “The existing medical office space located in Jefferson Medical Pavilion is at capacity,” stated Jeff Tindle, CEO of Carroll County Memorial Hospital. “In order to be able to provide adequate space for future primary care physicians as well as supervision requirements for in-house services, having primary care physicians located within the hospital will alleviate some issues as well as enhance the patient’s access to hospital services from the physician’s office.” The new structure will tie into the existing building with a corridor at the current Emergency Department entrance.
Along with the new structure, renovation of the “Acute Care” departments will also occur. “This will include the addition and remodeling of our patient rooms to allow all patients a private room.” explains Jeff Tindle. “The nursing station will be updated to accommodate CCMH’s digital electronic medical record workflow.
Another pain point that will be improved with this project is the “Emergency Department”. Since its most recent renovation issues and workflow concerns have been observed. While the registration, waiting space and security have been vastly improved, patient care space is still inadequate. “With the moving of the Outpatient Clinic, there will be vacated space on the north side of the building that was used as a temporary ED during the 2012 renovation. CCMH Provider truly liked the temporary space and workflow so that will be made into a permanent solution” explains Tindle. This space will also be much closer to the air-ambulance pad and a newly created ambulance drive/garage.
Architectural renditions of these plans will be available for viewing at CCMH in the Eastside Lounge. “This design is a compilation of months of interviews and group meetings with key stakeholders in the project,” Tindle shared. “Every segment of user from patient to staff to physician have had input into the design and layout we feel confident that have incorporated all the workflows and alleviated the concerns of the current spaces. We are excited to break ground as early as August this year.”
The construction is slated to begin August 2014. For more information about the services at Carroll County Memorial Hospital, a staff member presentation or an appointment, visit our website www.carrollcountyhospital.org or call 660-542-1695.