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Hospital Getting Upgrade Because of Population Growth

Justin Kree

NewsWest 9

SEMINOLE - The city of Seminole voted in May of 2013 to pump 48.5 million dollars into the old, outdated Memorial Hospital. The renovation project will be the biggest in the hospitals 41-year history.

"We're almost doubling the space we have right now," C.E.O of Seminole Hospital District, Betsy Brisco said.

The construction will be done in phases. Phase one started a few weeks ago which includes new plumbing and electrical and getting some of the new infrastructure started. Eventually a new E.R. will be added and a new birthing unit will be built further down the road. This is all because of the population spike in the Seminole area.

"Basically we've doubled in the number of newborns in the last year and a half. We could really use that newborn expansion right now but that's still about two years out," Brisco said.

The only inconvenience experienced so far was the front entrance.

"We've had some interruptions to the patient flow. You saw the tunnel when you came in. There has been a couple times when we had to re-route patient traffic. Until we can get the front opened back up," Brisco said.

Until some of the other phases get underway, the staff has been kept updated.

"At the moment we haven't had to make any adjustments other than parking. The staff have to park in some other areas to give enough room to the patients," Brisco said.

The hospital believes now was the best time to start renovating. 

"I think in the end it's going to be really good for the community. It's what is needed to keep us moving forward and serving the community," Brisco said.

 Construction is expected to wrap up in three years.

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