Video ~ Groundbreaking Ceremony Held For EPMC New Emergency Room
By: Kris Hazelton
On Friday, September 19 the Estes Park Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors and the Capital Campaign Cabinet hosted the official ground breaking ceremony for the Emergency Department Expansion and Renovation project.
The expansion will include 4,606 square feet of new construction to the west of the existing Emergency walk-in area and then remodeling 3,065 square feet of the current Emergency Department. Additionally there will be site work to improve drainage, add a new entryway, and a new loop road. This expansion of the ED follows the recent construction project of 50,000 square feet of new building and the renovation of 17,000 square feet of existing space. Construction costs are anticipated to be at $2.7 million.
The project will increase treatment capacity to a total of nine beds. This will include three trauma rooms and six exam rooms including pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology and orthopedics. Plans also include ample space for triage of patients, registration, consultation rooms, physician office space, and an isolation/negative pressure room. The construction planning team worked diligently on a plan that would provide for more centralized workstations strategically located to allow physicians and nurses closer monitoring of patients. A distinct entrance for ambulance arrivals will improve patient traffic patterns both outside and inside the Emergency Department. Site work will include reconfiguring the Emergency entrance, providing better parking, increasing drainage flow, and an enclosed landscaped area for the Emergency Department and New Life Center.
At the ground breaking event, Phil Moenning, President of the Park Hospital District Board welcomed the crowd and told everyone how proud he is of all the support of this project from the community.
Rob Gordon, President of the Estes Park Medical Center Foundation thanked everyone for making this day a reality and Mayor Bill Pinkham told how thrilled he is to have the Estes Park Medical Center and this first rate emergency facility.
Dr. Daley and Dr. Hemstreet, Emergency Room physicians spoke of how it takes a team to put this all together and and they are so happy this is now a reality. They both thanked all who have worked so hard and so diligently and they take great pride in the Emergency Room and the Estes Park Medical Center.
After the ceremony, dignitaries and hospital employees all took turns breaking ground for the new facility.
Rob Austin, CEO of EPMC pointed out that even though a number of trees will have to be taken out for the construction, the hospital wants to give back to the community who so generously supports EPMC and tags were handed out to anyone who wanted a tree, to mark the tree of their choice and later that day, trees were dug up and balled and scheduled to be picked up over the weekend.