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CONTACT: Jodie Grady
Expansion promises to reduce crowding and improve privacy.
March 26, 2012 (Clinton, MA) – Last week, Clinton Hospital’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve the hospital’s plans to break ground on an impressive 28,000-square-foot building this summer. The highlight of this $15 million project is a state-of-the-art, 14,000-square-foot, first-floor Emergency Department, with a second floor, multipurpose shell reserved for future growth.
Since its opening in 1990, the volume of patients visiting Clinton Hospital’s Emergency Department has climbed from 9,000 patients per year to 14,000 visitors annually. To accommodate that increase in volume, the new Emergency Department, which is more than twice the size of the hospital’s existing space, is designed to improve patient flow and privacy.
“We are thrilled to answer our community’s need for a new Emergency Department,” said Sheila Daly, RN, MS, president and CEO, Clinton Hospital. “The new layout will address patient and staff needs for a larger triage space to care for patients, as well as individual exam and observation rooms to allow more room for accompanying family members to safely and comfortably stay by their loved one’s side.”
In addition to the spacious layout and added privacy, the new unit will feature a convenient, walk-in entrance and will house a secure area designated for the care of mental health patients who are sometimes required to stay in the hospital’s Emergency Department for extended periods while awaiting admission to appropriate off-site facilities.
The S/L/A/M Collaborative, a Glastonbury, CT-based architectural firm, was contracted last summer to begin design of the new building, which will extend off the hospital’s current Emergency Department. Turner Construction Company has been hired to oversee the project. Before construction can begin, the hospital must receive town approval to assume the rights to a portion of Broadway Street that crosses in front of the planned Emergency Department. A vote to approve this request will be taken at the Clinton annual town meeting, usually scheduled in June.
“It is so important that everyone in the community comes out to the June meeting and shows their support for the hospital,” said Ms. Daly. “Our patients tell us how fortunate they feel to have Clinton Hospital so close to home, especially in an emergency. This new building will help us provide our community members even better care close to home. However, if the vote to assume Broadway Street does not go in our favor, we will not be able to move this project forward.”
John O’Brien, president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care, shared that UMass Memorial Health Care is committed to this project and the success of Clinton Hospital stating, “Our UMass Memorial Health Care system fully supports this project. Ensuring that patients throughout Central Massachusetts receive the highest-quality care as close to home as possible is our overriding goal. We are enormously proud of not only the care delivered at Clinton Hospital, but also the fact the it leads the system with its outstanding patient satisfaction scores.”
CAPTION: Last week, Clinton Hospital’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted in favor of building a new Emergency Department at Clinton Hospital. Pictured left to right, John O’Brien, president and CEO, UMass Memorial Health Care, Bill McGrail, Esq., chairman, Clinton Hospital Board of Trustees, Sheila Daly, RN, MS, president and CEO, Clinton Hospital, and Gary Lapidas, senior vice president, UMass Memorial Health Care, stand in front of an architect’s rendering of the new building.
Nationally recognized for consistently high ratings in patient satisfaction, Clinton Hospital offers patients local access to emergency care, cardiovascular medicine, and inpatient hospitalist services performed by expert physicians from UMass Memorial Medical Center – along with a wide range of specialty services provided by highly regarded private physicians. In addition to convenient outpatient services such a same-day surgery and physical therapy, Clinton Hospital also offers access to a number of state-of-the-art diagnostic services, including nuclear medicine, ultrasound, CT scanning, MRI, stress testing and digital mammography, to families throughout our community.