Construction at new hospital progressing

Sordini Construction’s Tom Medura and Joe Homza (at right) show EMHS CFO Loren Stone and CEO Rex Catlin the construction progress of the new hospital and physician’s clinic. STAFF PHOTO/STACI WILSON

BY STACI WILSON

Work is progressing at the site of the new Endless Mountains Health Systems hospital and physician’s clinic.

Joe Homza, of Sordoni Construction, said construction was about 28 percent complete as of Tuesday afternoon and is on schedule, with this week’s mild weather working to the builder’s advantage.

The building is beginning to take shape, on both the exterior and the interior.

EMHS CEO Rex Catlin said the emergency room, with both a walk-in and ambulance access is located on the back side of the facility.

In that area, there will be a hallway leading from emergency, to x-ray and to the operating rooms, Catlin said so patients don’t have to be transferred down the same halls as visitors at the facility.

Looking at the building façade, the physician’s clinic is located to the left; the dining area and conference rooms will be located to the left; and hospital rooms will be on the second floor of the building.

Construction work, thus far, is being done only on Phase I (hospital) and Phase II (physician’s clinic).

And although construction is underway, Catlin said EMHS is still looking for grants to help purchase some of the new equipment needed at the facility.

Catlin said fundraising is also underway for Phase III of the project.

Phase III of the project will bring the EMHS business office, as well as the outpatient rehab and infusion therapy to the site.

The cardio-pulmonary center will find temporary housing at the site with the completion of Phase I and II but will find a permanent home in the project’s third phase.