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ETMC construction projects on schedule


  An overview of the ETMC campus reveals construction work that's progressing on two sites. Two cranes can be seen working on the projects, which are moving forward as anticipated. The blue crane is dedicated to ETMC's new parking garage. 

 Construction of 72 new rooms for ETMC Tyler is right on schedule.

“The two new patient wings being added to the fifth and sixth floor of ETMC Tyler are starting to take shape,” according to Robert Layton, ETMC corporate director of plant services. “Workers are painting the façade on the outside and soon the crane over the hospital will come down, as the construction moves to the inside of the floors with electrical, plumbing and drywall.”

The $28 million addition is scheduled to be completed in January of 2010. The new 5 North will house cardiac patients and the new 6 North will be used for oncology patients.

The two units that previously housed these patients (3 South and 6 South) will be used for overflow and will also be renovated in the future.

Parking garage
A new $20 million parking garage is also under construction on Hospital Drive. The garage will have six-levels with an estimated 1,000 new parking spaces.

“The skywalk is also being extended this summer to reach the new garage, “added Layton. Emergency department expansion begins The ETMC Tyler emergency department is getting a $4.6 million facelift. Over the next 18 months, three new trauma rooms will be added with state-of-the-art technology including digital X-rays in the room. “We are also remodeling the waiting room and will have three triage rooms instead of one,” according to Art Chance, ETMC vice president of operations. ED West will now be open 24 hours a day to handle emergency patients. The waiting room, registration and triage will also take place in ED West during construction.

ETMC Tyler is also updating another set of operating rooms in surgery in the basement. It takes about four months to complete this modernization which includes new floors, walls and lighting and integrated electronics for each room.

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