DYER | Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital in Dyer is undergoing a multimillion dollar renovation, hospital officials announced.
The $10.2 million project, which started at the end of October, will expand the capabilities of its emergency, laboratory and surgical departments.
“The goal of the project is to expand a comprehensive emergency center of excellence," said John Mentgen, hospital executive vice president and chief operating officer, in a news release.
"We will remodel and expand the current surgical space, remodel and improve the surgical preadmission space and expand and improve the central sterile processing department for surgery, as well as improve the main corridor and flow to the emergency department on the main level.”
The design will meet the growing population of south Lake County and help achieve growth in emergency services and surgical services for the hospital.
"Our ED (emergency department) was small compared to the volume presenting itself and needed to be remodeled," said Tom Gryzbek, president of Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospitals in Dyer and Hammond. "We also are growing in surgery and needed more space and larger rooms."
The project is scheduled to be finished at the end of 2014.
The emergency department will undergo a 3,500-square-foot addition. Existing space will be renovated and specialized patient exam rooms will be designed. The department will receive a new five-bed observation unit and a new trauma room that will double the size of the current one.
The department also will have a private behavioral health suite and a new isolation room for infectious patients. It will receive new monitors, an improved nurses' station and a nurse call and tracking system to improve communication.
Construction will be done in phases, and everything will remain open during completion, said Dan Ratko, hospital project manager of construction.