Manchester Memorial Hospital celebrated the expansion of its Emergency Department and construction of a new wing with a public open house on Monday, April 29. Several dignitaries attended the event, including Senator Robert Stivers and Congressman Hal Rogers. The ribbon cutting took place at 11 a.m., and was preceded by facility tours and refreshments.
“Manchester Memorial Hospital has been a saving grace for folks living in this county for more than forty years,” said Congressman Rogers. “The one thing that I’d like to highlight is that no federal funds were taken out for this expansion nor did the hospital ask for any loans. They achieved it on their own with foresight and their mission and I applaud them for that.”
The $9.5 million remodeling project began in 2011 with the construction of a four story building on the northwest side of the hospital, adding an additional 14,000 square feet to the facility. The plans included new rooms for radiology, office space and a much-needed space for electrical equipment and air-conditioning units. The hospital laboratory and radiology department have since shifted to this building and allow for a smoother flow for the patients.
“We are so excited to make changes for our community and those we serve,” said Erika Skula, CEO. “The additions allow us to continue our mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ through our healthcare services, in an improved, updated setting.”
The ER expansion, which began in September 2012, resulted in 1,955 additional square feet and took 7 months to complete. The ER now includes eleven private patient treatment rooms, two trauma rooms, two triage rooms for assessing the level of emergency care needed, a large centrally located nursing station, new physician workstations, registration area, an expanded lobby, handicap accessible restrooms and a help desk corner.
“Our former Emergency Department was cramped and did not allow for much patient privacy,” said Jeff Joiner, Emergency Department Team Lead. “The expanded space and additional treatment rooms will enable us to enhance the care we provide to our patients and will position us to meet the needs of our growing community.”
New signage and artwork reflective of the state and region adorn the walls in the Emergency Room and the new wing; “Moving forward, we want to tie in the rest of the facility with the new additions to create an inviting and pleasing environment for patients and visitors,” said Skula.
Congressman Rogers summed it up nicely when he remarked, “I congratulate the Administrative team, the physicians and the staff on this fantastic expansion. This shows the hospital’s absolute commitment to the community and I salute you for that!”