SOMC Unveils Plans For Four-story Addition

Southern Ohio Medical Center welcomed the public Feb. 14 to the SOMC Expansion Expo as part of unveiling activities for the next phase of the hospital’s $100 million expansion project.

The project is the next phase in a four-year expansion of services and facilities that began with planning mid-2005, first construction in August 2006 and will continue through 2009. The changes coincide with the expansion of SOMC’s Heart and Vascular Services, including open heart surgery, that will affect many of the processes and facilities at the hospital.

“The four-story patient care addition will include 102 private rooms,” Craig Gilliland, director of Facilities Management, said. “The area currently known as One West will be refurbished to accommodate new Same Day Surgery. The east side of the new addition will include the main entrance to the hospital, which will be a two-story lobby including a café, children’s waiting area, gift shop, registration and help desk.”

Construction has been under way for more than five months on the south side of the hospital, where a two-story addition will expand Emergency Services and Surgical Services, Gilliland said. The south side project will be completed in 2008.

An open house was held on the fourth floor of Medical Office Building K on the SOMC Main Campus. Staff members from five key areas of the hospital presented individual displays. An outline of the planned construction was presented on the former parking areas in front of the hospital.

SOMC staff members presented architectural drawings and discussed upcoming expansions in Emergency, Surgery, Heart and Vascular Services, Nursing and the new front entrance and lobby. A virtual tour using computer-rendered graphics courtesy of the project’s architect, URS, was presented.

Guests were invited to tour the five service area displays and ask questions. Architect and Engineering Firm URS and the project’s construction management firm, Turner Construction, were on-hand along with SOMC leaders to provide information about the project.