Healing garden to offer comfort
After a series of major changes to the facility over the past few years, Buena Vista Regional Medical Center is putting an exclamation point on the era of change by building another addition to the northeast side of the center this summer.
CEO Todd Hudspeth said Thursday BVRMC is working with Visions in Architecture, an Omaha, Neb., firm, on plans for the addition on the north side of the special clinic.
Hudspeth said plans should be finalized with the architect by the end of February. Bids will let late spring, with construction starting this summer.
One of the most obvious changes will be removal of the driveway on the south side of the parking lot. The driveway on the north side of the parking lot will be converted to two lanes, allowing two-way traffic. Hudspeth said there will be no major changes in hospital parking.
Hudspeth said the oncology unit will be expanded and the cardiac unit will be relocated to the new addition. A new dialysis unit will occupy most of the new addition, which will allow that service to be returned to the medical center campus.
The addition will also allow more space for future surgeons' offices.
Also included will be a healing garden which will be an enclosed atrium with plants and a water feature. Hudspeth said the healing garden should be particularly comforting for families of patients having treatment in the dialysis or oncology units.
Hudspeth said those individuals or businesses interested in contributing toward the addition may call Buena Vista Regional Medical Foundation Director Brad Strader at 213-8609.