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Format: 04/19/2014
Format: 04/19/2014

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Alle-Kiski Medical Center Begins Second Phase of Emergency Department Construction & Renovation

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Natrona Heights, Pa., - Alle-Kiski Medical Center (AKMC) officials announced today that part two of the Emergency Department Expansion and Renovation project will begin the week of August 24 at the main hospital campus in Natrona Heights. The first part of the construction project was completed earlier this year with the relocation and renovation of the Endoscopy Short Term Procedure Unit which moved to the first floor of the hospital.

The $11.6 million project is expected to take approximately a year and a half to complete. The construction will be coordinated and completed in seven phases designed to minimize disruption to patient care. All current services offered at the hospital will remain accessible to patients throughout the construction and renovation project.

Beginning the week of August 24, the front circle to the main entrance will be closed and traffic patterns will adjust so patients and visitors may enter the hospital through the current Emergency Department entrance. A pathway from the Emergency Department entrance to the main lobby will be outlined with signage. Patients being discharged from the hospital may be picked up at the Cancer Center entrance.

Signage and traffic patterns will be arranged throughout the course of the project to relieve patient and employee confusion and keep operations running as smoothly as possible. Hospital officials are asking for the public’s understanding and cooperation during the construction phases. The Urgent Care Center located in New Kensington will continue to be available during the hours of 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and offers an alternative for patients seeking minor treatments.

The much awaited expansion project will increase the capacity of the Emergency Department and double the number of patient exam and treatment rooms from 12 to 24. The plan involves expansion of the current department into existing hospital space, renovation of the existing Emergency Department and external construction. A new electronic tracking and documentation system will also be initiated to facilitate patient flow.

The AKMC Trust has been actively engaged in a fund development campaign to raise capital for the project. During the construction, the Trust will continue to secure pledges and raise funds to complete the project. Those interested in making a donation to the campaign may contact the AKMC Trust at 724-226-7179.

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