Hospital begins construction project

May 04, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Carroll County General Hospital celebrated the beginning of its emergency department expansion yesterday with a groundbreaking ceremony.

No ground was actually broken because an ill-timed shower chased the ceremony indoors, but the spirit of the event wasn't lost.

The year-long, $1.8 million construction project is expected to begin at the end of this month. It will triple the size of the emergency department to 10,620 square feet.

"What we're dedicating here is not so much bricks and mortar, but a symbol of a new era in Carroll County General's commitment to emergency care," said Dr. Michael Stang, chairman of the hospital's department of emergency medicine. "There'll be no more patients in the hall and no more trying to squeeze four patients in a room meant for two."

The expansion project will increase the number of emergency beds from 12 to 23, and eight beds will have cardiac monitors.

The design includes designated treatment areas for cardiac and trauma patients, as well as gynecological, psychiatric, orthopedic and pediatric admissions.

The new emergency department will have two entrances to separate ambulance admissions and walk-in patients, and a fast-track area will serve patients with minor medical problems.

The waiting room seats will increase from 20 to 63.

Building costs will total about $1.4 million, and $400,000 will be spent on new equipment. Project funding includes a $700,000 state grant, obtained by the county's legislative delegation.

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