Archive for Thursday, September 22, 2005

Construction crews to begin demolition at LMH

September 22, 2005


Construction crews will begin tearing down a portion of Lawrence Memorial Hospital early next month, the first step in a $35 million renovation at LMH.

Gene Meyer, president and chief executive officer of the hospital, told LMH board members Wednesday that the hospital was awaiting final approval of a city permit that would allow demolition of the 1969 wing of the hospital.

The wing - on the eastern end of the hospital and which previously housed the pediatrics department, human resources, records storage and other offices - will be torn down to make room for a new emergency room and parking.

Meyer said the number of emergency patients had nearly doubled in recent years, to about 29,000 patients annually.

"From a size standpoint and from a privacy standpoint, we need to really increase the size of the emergency department," Meyer said.

The project also should increase the visibility of the emergency room, which is on the north side of the building away from most approaching traffic. The move will put the department closer to the intersection of Fifth and Maine streets.

Specific plans for the new emergency room haven't been created. Meyer said the hospital currently was searching for an architect, and he hoped to begin construction next spring.

Other details of the $35 million expansion, which hospital leaders confirmed late last year, include converting all of the hospital's semi-private rooms into fully private rooms, expanding the obstetrics department and adding new surgery suites.

Hospital leaders will provide an overview of the expansion plans at a community chili feed and ice cream social from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the hospital, 325 Maine.


trueninetiesgirl 12 years, 8 months ago

did'nt they just remodle the ER? in the last yr or two...

Jean1183 12 years, 8 months ago

35 MILLION!!! And, If I remember correctly from a previous article Gene Meyer makes over a quarter of a million dollars a year.

Great "community" hospital. Yet they garnish the wages of a single mom for a $2000 bill that her estranged husband had.

Why should we have a mental health facility? Doesn't everyone understand: it's not about serving the community, it's about making money.

avhjmlk 12 years, 8 months ago

Where will Peds go during that time? I love how the LJW gives all the details...

laughingatallofu 12 years, 8 months ago

Of COURSE it's about making money! That's the American way. If you're losing money, you're going to go out of business. You can thank your friendly federal and state government bureaucracies (Medicare and Medicaid) for decimating payments to physicians and hospitals over the past decade. If LMH doesn't attempt to collect payment from people who use their services, are YOU going to pay the bill? You bet you are.

C'mon people, think this through. The health care system in this country is royally screwed up. Spending $35 million on improving facilities is what politicians call "budget dust".

Why isn't anyone complaining about the $300 million "bridge to nowhere" in Alaska that was funded in the Transportation Bull (oops--i meant Bill) that Congress just passed?

pelliott 12 years, 8 months ago

Headline suggestion, Demolition crews to raze East wing of LMH. Construction is to build. "To begin" may I say before I speak that to begin is equal to, to.

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