SOMC’s Expansion Will Include Many Changes In Coming Months

Southern Ohio Medical Center will continue to expand in 2007, with facilities being prepared on both the south and north sides of the hospital to accommodate new services in health care.

When complete in mid-2009, 170,000 square feet of additional space will be added. Another 50,000 square feet of existing hospital space will be remodeled. The project includes more than $100 million in construction and internal work. The project is employing hundreds of local workers from various construction trades.

“During all of this construction, we want everyone to know that all visitors can take advantage of our free parking service and greeting services,” Facilities Management Director Craig Gilliland says.

“When you come to the hospital, just pull up to the front entrance. A parking attendant can park your car in a secure location and a greeter can help you to your destination,” Gilliland explains.

For those who would rather park their own cars, multi-story parking garages with wide parking areas are available on both ends of the campus. Greeters will be at the doors to answer questions and escort visitors.

The physical 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. 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. The south side project will be completed in 2008.

The south side addition will increase surgical suites from 12 to 17, with five suites dedicated to gastrointestinal procedures and three solely for heart and vascular procedures. The SOMC Emergency Department, which now includes Chest Pain Center Accreditation, will be substantially expanded. The south side project includes approximately 50,000 square feet of additional space. Parking for the Emergency Department will be conveniently close to the department’s entrance.

In addition to the patient care addition featuring four stories of patient rooms with 102 private beds in more than 110,00 square feet, a new entrance and lobby are being constructed. The lobby will feature 8,000 square feet of space dedicated to registration, a gift shop, cafe, children’s waiting area and other waiting areas. From March 2007 until mid-2008, the hospital’s temporary main entrance will be at the east end of the building near the two-story parking garage. Parking attendants and greeters will be located at the canopy curbside.

On the SOMC Main Campus, adjustments will be made to various parking areas and traffic routes. In mid-2007 the building designations on campus will change from letters to names, while traffic routes will receive lane names. Medical Office Building H will be razed and additional parking will be added. Physicians with offices in Building H are preparing to move to other offices on the Main Campus.

“Also as part of the name changes over the next two years, the hospital rooms will be identified in one of five wings, A through E, and all patient rooms will be numbered accordingly in such a way that identifies the wing and floor number,” Gilliland says. “This will help visitors more easily know the approximate location of any particular room.”

The project is being managed by Turner Construction, one of the largest healthcare construction management firms in the world. The architect and engineering firm is URS of Columbus.