Marion Hospital Renovation Begins

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August 9, 2010

Hospital renovations are getting underway in Marion this week should make the facility comply with current medical standards.

Physical therapist assistant Shawna Winter describes what the work environment can be like at times.

"Complete chaos just because we're so close in proximity to one another. We're not comfortable. The patients aren't comfortable. They get used to it, as do we. You just do the best you can," Winter said.

At times, she says, the physical therapy work spills over into the hallways.

"It'll be wonderful not to have to run drills in the hall," Winter said.

Renovations costing $6.5 million will bring the hospital into the 21st century.

"The halls here will be wider to accommodate carts and be A.D.A. compliant," Winter said.

"These rooms are very small,” St. Luke Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Linda Kannady said. “This hospital was built in the 1950's."

Support areas such as the kitchen, which is also cramped will be updated. The wood door to the walk in freezer testifies to its age.

Hospital staff says they haven’t compromised on the quality of care of patients over the years, but say the time has come to invest for the future.

"This is our current emergency room and as you can see it's very compact. We do have two carts in here," Kannady said.

Due to space constraints, some rooms are currently multi-use, but will become single use rooms.

The goal is to have this construction completed by the end of next year.

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