Expansion of Lawrence Memorial Hospital's occupational-health facilities and services will begin next year, as will changes to the hospital's maternity ward to allow a woman's entire labor, delivery and recovery to take place in a single room.
The $1 million renovation project is the third phase in a hospital master plan approved by the hospital's board in 1992. The hospital has already completed a new medical office building and expects construction of a new hospital wing to be finished early next year.
Today the hospital board voted to go ahead with the renovation plan and to hire an Omaha, Neb., architectural and engineering firm, Henningson, Durham & Richardson, Inc., to design the renovations for a fee of 7.5 percent of construction costs.
The renovation project is scheduled to be completed in late 1996 or early 1997. The next step in the 1992 master plan calls for repainting the hospital's orange and green interiors.
"I wish it could be done tomorrow," said Ken Martinez, chairman of the LMH board.
A portion of the project as outlined in 1992 has already been completed. The LMH emergency department underwent a facelift earlier this year. Now the hospital will add occupational-medicine space near the emergency department, where work-related injuries will be treated.
For the past 13 months the city-owned hospital at 325 Maine has been in stiff competition with an urgent care and occupational health clinic, Mt. Oread Medical Arts Centre, at Clinton Parkway and Kasold Drive. Mt. Oread is owned by Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., one of three groups that have proposed partnerships with LMH.
In the obstetrics department, LMH will upgrade its rooms to what is now an industry standard, so called labor/delivery/recovery/post-partum rooms.
Now the hospital has separate rooms for the post-partum phase after a new mother has initially recovered from delivery.