HONESDALE - Wayne Memorial Hospital is set to break ground for its biggest expansion project ever: an 85,000 square foot tower that will house 50 private patient rooms. On Friday, September 8th, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the hospital family will hold a special ceremony to mark the groundbreaking. The public is invited to attend and share in this history-making event.
“This is an exciting moment for Wayne Memorial and the community we serve,” said WMH CEO David Hoff. “And we are very fortunate to be able to build private patient rooms. They’re safer – they help reduce the potential for infection – quieter and have been shown to enhance communications between a patient and his/her clinical team. Families love them, too, because they’re roomy!”
The private rooms will also have “smart” technology including a nurse call system that can locate the appropriate nurse immediately.
The new three-story patient tower is being built astride Wayne Memorial’s Outpatient Services entrance at 601 Park Street. That entrance will become the new main entrance for the hospital. Other changes include a new glassed-in concourse between the main entrance and the former hospital entryway near the Emergency Department.
Wayne Memorial is also renovating 35,000 square feet of its current building, which will include upgrades to its chemotherapy and wound care units. The Emergency Department and Laboratory Services will be better connected with the installation of a pneumatic tube to rush specimens straight to the lab.
The entire $40 million construction project is being funded by numerous sources, including bonds guaranteed by Wayne County.
“This project grew out of our community needs assessments,” said Dirk Mumford, chairman of the board of WMH. “Patients told us they wanted private rooms. We are very pleased to make this happen.”
During the construction, hospital officials say parking routes will be altered for employees, patients and visitors. In the interest of safety, patients and visitors will be directed to park across the street, away from the construction. Wayne Memorial is hiring an additional security guard to help with street crossings. Wheelchairs will be available at the entryway to the parking lot.
The groundbreaking will take place outside under a tent in the hospital parking lot near where the new tower is going up. The event will include refreshments, renderings of the new addition, a history contest and more.