A backhoe readies to drop a large bucket of fill dirt into a truck as part of a $4 million reconstruction project at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center that includes a new driveway from the west to better access the hospital ER, Admitting, and entrance that are also being remodeled.
$4 million project to improve access to new ER area
Many people who have driven past Cherokee Regional Medical Center lately have wondered what is going on on the west side of the property, as they have seen mounds of dirt, excavators, back hoes and dump trucks at that scene.
The fact is that this will be a common scene at CRMC in the months to come, as CRMC is in the early stages of a nearly $4 million multi-phase expansion and remodeling project. Haselhoff Construction of Cherokee submitted the low bid for the project, and is serving as the general contractor throughout the construction process.
Fill dirt cut from a nearby hillside is being used to level the area for a new west driveway entrance to the Cherokee Regional Medical Center's ongoing reconstruction project also affecting the ER and patient Admitting areas.
CRMC CEO John Comstock said that "projects of this scope always bring out the curiosity of the general public," and that in the early stages,"it is sometimes hard to see the end benefit beyond the mounds of dirt and earth moving equipment."
Be assured, though, that CRMC consumers will see benefits from all of this construction.
The first phase of the project involves the building of a drive from North 1st Street which will lead directly to the planned expansion of the Emergency Room and Admitting areas. The new drive will relieve the congestion of looping around the hospital and provide a safer and more direct route to the facility.The majority of the dirt work for this phase has been completed by another local firm, Schoon Construction of Cherokee.
Workers utilize large earth-moving equipment to fill and level the area to accommodate a new west entrance to the Cherokee Regional Medical Center's ER and Admitting facilities that are undergoing remodeling.
Following completion of the drive, work will begin on the next phase -expanding the current Emergency Room area from four bays to seven, and building a new ambulance garage that is large enough to accommodate all three of CRMC's ambulances as well as a visiting ambulance.
The Admitting area and entrance will also receive a "face lift," resulting in a more private setting for patients and families, as well as providing more separation from the activity in the Emergency Room. The final stages of the project will be centered around remodeling and updating the surgical suites at CRMC.
The entire expansion and remodeling process is expected to take about 20 months to complete, but CRMC staff assures everyone that they will continue to offer all the services they currently provide during the ongoing renovation.
Several tons of dirt have been used as fill as the Cherokee Regional Medical Center continues with a $4 million project for a new access to the ER and Admitting facilities, and remodeling of those facilities.
"There will be growing pains during the process," said Comstock. "However, we will make a sincere effort to make the process as convenient as possible for our patients and their families. It is important to keep in mind the vast benefits that this project will provide to the community both during (the project) and upon its completion."
Anyone who has immediate questions or concerns about the project or CRMC services is encouraged to call CRMC at 712-225-1505.