Construction Confusion Can Put Ambulances in a Bind

By: Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The sound and signs of construction are clear around Midland Memorial Hospital. Months of tedious construction work is confusing many people, and the Midland Fire Department says that confusion sometimes prevents them from doing their job.

"Total construction and things of that nature we're looking at late 2012 and early 2013 before everything is finished," Cory Edmondson with Midland Memorial Hospital, said.

That means less room for ambulances, and that's led to problems like people parking in the emergency lanes or blocking the entrance to the ER.

"We understand you have to drop family members off in an emergency but move your car as soon as possible," Interim Fire Marshal David Hickman, said.

There's no doubt all of it can be confusing, but you're not alone. If you have time, the hospital asks you either give them a call or go online to their website.

"Whether you're going to the medical office building, to the hospital to see a loved one, or a friend that's an in patient, or to the emergency room; there's a map on our web site that they can get to that will tell them how to get to the hospital," Edmondson said.

Hickman says that's a big help to his guys and the people they're trying to save.

"Time is very important," He said. "It could be seconds or minutes that make a difference in a person's life."

Things are hectic now, but it's not forever.

"The good news is that there's going to be an additional 790 spaces that we don't have now that we will have roughly in January," Edmondson said.