Brattleboro Memorial Hospital held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Emergency Department renovation and expansion on Friday, November 9. Construction will start on Monday, November 12.
BMH President and CEO Steven R. Gordon stated “This is an exciting time for our community and Hospital family. The State of Vermont recognized the urgent need for an updated Emergency Department and BMH received rapid Certificate of Need approval this past year.”
The Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Emergency Department was last renovated in 1982. At that time it was constructed to serve approximately 6,000 patients annually. Over the past 30 years, the patients served by the Emergency Department have more than doubled with over 13,000 patient visits last year.
The Emergency Department renovation and expansion constitutes a $7.5 million investment in the community’s hospital. A feasibility study undertaken by BMH last spring indicated that the community would provide strong support to complete this project. “BMH has a long history of partnering with the community to ensure access to high quality health care. Investing in this critical Emergency Department project continues this community hospital partnership ensuring the best quality care for Brattleboro area residents for the future,” says Gordon.
While the first phase of the construction is taking place, the current main entrance to the hospital will be closed. Access to the hospital for all patients and visitors will be through the Richards Building. BMH volunteers and staff will be stationed at the Richards Building entrance to serve as guides. It is anticipated that this first phase will continue through the summer of 2013. Completion of the entire project is scheduled for the spring of 2014.
The proposed expansion will improve patient privacy and confidentiality, reduce wait times and meet current code and regulatory requirements. Updates on construction and its impact on hospital access will be posted regularly on bmhed.org and the BMH Facebook page. The public can also get information by calling the hospital’s main switchboard at 802-257-0341.