A ribbon- cutting ceremony for the new wing at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) hospital will be held at 11 a.m. on June 1.
ARH employees have named the project the “Build, Heal, Thrive Campaign” and have organized a number of fund-raisers as well as contributing financially themselves. About $1.1 million of the funding comes from various fundraising efforts.
The 15,000-square-foot addition includes space for surgery, postpartum, obstetrics and nursery. Plans include 16 private patient rooms for delivery recovery and post operation patients, four labor and delivery rooms, a 12-crib nursery and a dedicated Caesarian section suite. The upper level of the new addition, which will make the hospital look “T-shaped”, will connect to the entrance of the laboratory on the first floor of the hospital.
Once the new wing is complete, the $10.8 million project will also include renovations to the third floor of the hospital. Thirdfloor renovations include the remodeling of 20 private rooms for medical and surgical patients, including six intensive care rooms. One regular isolation patient room will be added to contain potential infections.
The intensive care unit will remain open doing the remodeling phase. When the renovations are completed in February 2012, all patient rooms on the third floor will be private rooms.
With the completion of the new wing and the third-floor renovations, the number of private rooms available at the hospital will increase from 17 to 44.