ATKINSON — When patients or visitors come to West Holt Medical Services (WHMS) over the next 22 months, they will see the sights and sounds of progress being made on the hospital’s $4.2 million renovation and expansion project.
Phase 1 of the project was completed in the fall of 2018 which involved relocating the board room and updating the business office area.
Phase 2A began in June, which involves renovating the old administration offices near the hospital’s front entrance to house five new specialty clinic exam rooms, a stress testing room and offices for visiting specialists and staff.
WHMS currently conducts specialty clinics in inpatient rooms that are designed for patients staying overnight at the hospital. Patients check in at the front of the hospital and proceed to the very back of the facility, which is difficult for some elderly and less mobile patients.
Current specialty clinics include: cardiology, diabetes education, dietician, endoscopy, foot and ankle, general surgery, NUCCA chiropractic, behavioral health (added in 2016), ear, nose and throat and nerve pain services (added in 2018).
The new specialty clinic space will give WHMS the ability to continue expanding its services, recruit healthcare professionals to the area, retain jobs and meet the healthcare needs of the region it serves.
“Our USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) architect told us that construction is like surgery – short term pain for long-term gain,” said Jeremy Bauer, interim CEO and director of finance at WHMS.
Although some areas of the facility may be temporarily closed during the construction project, the result will be a new specialty clinic, laboratory, central bath, surgical suite addition and administration offices.
The anticipated construction schedule is as follows:
• Phase 2A: Specialty Clinic, Nursing – June 2019 to December 2019
• Phase 2B: Surgical Suite Addition – January 2020 to October 2020
• Phase 2C: Laboratory – November 2020 to March 2021
• Phase 2D: Administration/Business Office – April 2021 to June 2021
To financially assist the hospital in the project, the WHMS Foundation recently presented a check in the amount of $70,000.
Since the foundation’s “Ensuring Quality Care Close to Home” capital campaign began in 2017, they have awarded the hospital $357,000 towards their renovation project.
More details will be communicated as construction continues. For more information visit www.westholtmed.org or call (402) 925-2811.