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On Friday, October 30th a ground breaking ceremony was held at Holyoke Medical Center for their new state-of-the-art Emergency Department and Medical Office Building. Plans for the project have been a long time coming for this tight knit and vibrant community.
The new addition will double the size of the existing emergency department to 22,000 sf. The new footprint will allow for ample space for patient drop-off and a separate new ambulance drive which will improve the site access and traffic flow. This new building will connect seamlessly to the main hospital at the 2nd floor of the Memorial Building. The new Emergency Department will house 40 treatment spaces including, 12 in the crisis center for psychiatric services, patient trauma rooms, and central nurses’ station to allow staff visual access to the patients. The 2nd floor of the building will add 16,00 sf and house new programs that will include a comprehensive weight loss program, a sleep apnea clinic, and physicians’ offices.
On a classic Fall New England day, there was nothing but excitement and warmth in the air. With more than 100 people in attendance, the ceremonies were led by CEO; Spiros Hatiras as he proudly spoke about the project and the medical, social and economic impact it will have on the region. Holyoke’s Mayor, Alex Morse was on hand as well as many local dignitaries, members of the board of directors, Holyoke Medical Center Staff and many citizens representing their community.
G. Greene Construction is tremendously proud to be the Construction Manager on this project. Bob Greene stated, “We know how important the facility is not only to the Town of Holyoke, but also Chicopee, South Hadley, Granby, Easthampton, Southhampton, West Springfield, and Belchertown. Working in collaboration with the staff at Holyoke Medical Center and SMRT Architects will ensure a smooth process and a facility we will all be proud of”.
Construction commenced in late November and the project is scheduled to be completed in Spring, 2017.