Grenada Lake Medical Center announced the beginning this summer of an $18 million upgrade and a facelift. Major construction and renovation will begin following the design of local architectural firm, Jones-Zander LTD. The State Health Department has approved the project and construction should start in the summer of 2007
There will not be an increase in licensing capacity of patient beds. GLMC will still be a 156-bed community hospital, but floors will be added and current rooms reconfigured and enlarged. Some departments will increase in size.
A four-floor tower will be added to the north face of the hospital, with a major facelift of the front entrance. A two-floor tower will be added to the west side. An exciting and much-needed new feature will be a patient-only elevator tower allowing rapid transport of patients mainly from the Radiology and Emergency Room areas.
1st Floor Renovations: Food Service Operations will be upgraded with new kitchen and cafeteria spaces. Health Information’s space will enlarge. The Auxiliary Gift Shop relocates closer to the present main elevators, allowing Ambulatory Care to increase its capacity.
New West Tower: OB/GYN will have a second Newborn Nursery. The new two-story tower, which will house patient rooms on the west end, provides an improved nine-bed ICU Unit to replace the current one. New patient rooms for the OB/GYN patients will also be located there.
New North Tower: The new four-story tower on the North side will provide improved patient accommodations with connections on each level to the existing hospital. Patient rooms on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors will be larger to accommodate new technology and give patient comfort and satisfaction. Each room will have a bathroom equipped with a handicap accessible toilet and bathing facility. More numerous, but smaller nursing units will allow nurses a better view and proximity to patients for whom they are caring. A new call system will improve nurse/patient communication as well.