Buena Vista Regional Medical Center is bustling with construction. According to Director of Engineering Lenny McDonald the new dining/ serving area and kitchen is almost complete. McDonald said he and an architect will be working on a "punch list" next week - which involves going through the new construction area and making sure every detail has been done to their satisfaction. McDonald says they hope to move into the new area the weekend of February 7.
When the hospital moves into the new cafeteria area the current kitchen and dining area will be gutted to make way for construction of an outpatient surgery area. Currently expansion of the surgery area and suites of the hospital also continues to progress.
Work continues in the OB (Maternity) area of the hospital as well. Construction has been completed in six extended stay patient rooms for new mothers. The new rooms received a "face lift," with new floors, walls and ceilings. Closets, new furniture, showers and tubs as well as flat screen TVs were added to rooms to make them more patient and family friendly, says Dallas Enns, Assistant Director of Engineering. Couches were put in rooms that can be made into a bed for dads who want to stay over at the hospital.
One which was formerly two rooms was gutted and turned into one room. Three delivery rooms and other surrounding areas are also receiving a face lift. Enns says they hope to complete the remodelling of the new delivery rooms by April. Enns said they are also looking at working to give the nursery and nurse's station a face lift as well. When the project is complete there will only be one entrance into the area and patients and family must come in and check in at the nurse's station. Other doors and elevators on the floor will be securely locked and will be only accessible to those with keys. Enns said this will help increase the safety of the mothers and their babies and says a lot of hospitals are making this change.
Work is underway to prepare for a new in-house magnetic resonance imaging equipment. Some tree clearing was done in the area on Wednesday. McDonald says he expects to move the current mobile MRI unit today which involves moving electrical connections and says he anticipates this will be an all day project. The unit will be moved ahead to make way for the new construction and then it's just a matter of waiting for materials for the project and waiting for the ground to warm up so underground work can begin.