(LINTON) - Officials at Greene County General Hospital in Linton will turn the first shovels of dirt for a $6.5 million expansion/renovation project at 2 p.m. today.
Nick Schneider of the Greene County Daily World reports that the project will greatly expand the current emergency room and provide more space for other departments.
Chief Financial Officer and Assistant CEO Tim Norris says It will also enhance the lab department, radiology, physical therapy departments and pharmacy Garmong Construction, of Terre Haute, was the low bidder as the general contractor for the project that is expected to be completed by mid-2013.
The emergency room expansion work will be centered on the east side of the hospital with an approximate 8,000 square feet addition. There will also be some space in the addition for radiology.
The ER department will be expanded from three exam rooms to eight.
There will be separate ER canopy-covered entrances for patients and for ambulance vehicle drop-off. The main front entry to the hospital will also get a canopy cover for drop-offs.
The project will add some parking spaces and there will be a lot of glass and a lot of natural light coming into the new space and a lot of openness in the design, architect Ernie Dreher from The Estopinal Group from Jeffersonville, said in February when the expansion plans were first announced.
The critical access designated hospital with 25 beds has about 275 employees, a monthly payroll that is near $1 million, and an annual budget of about $35 million.
The hospital facility is owned by the county, but receives no tax money. It operates solely on its generated revenues.
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