Press Release from Hedrick Medical Center
Fall is here, and as the colors of the leaves change, I’d like to fill you in on all of the changes we’ve seen, and will soon see, with the construction of our new health care facility.
A lot has happened since my last update in May. At that time, the underground plumbing and electrical work had just been completed, as well as fireproofing and exterior framing. The roof on the hospital had just been finished, and the roof work on the medical office building was just beginning. The facility was a yellow color, which was the external protective moisture barrier.
If you drive by now, you’ll notice the windows and glass are all installed. The maintenance shop/storage building is also fully completed. Over the next couple of weeks, the exterior of the building will receive its final touches of stone, trim, exterior skin, doors, roofing trim, and caulking. The loading dock area will also be completed within the next few weeks. All concrete paving is complete and the workers are preparing to start on the sidewalks. Propane and oxygen tanks will be delivered and installed soon. The parking lot lights have recently been installed, and October will also bring the start of irrigation and landscaping to the exterior. Exterior signage will go up in November.
Internally, drywall installation and finishing is 95 percent complete, with hard ceiling installation completing in the next week. The first coat of paint on the walls is near completion, with the final coats being applied in October and November. Door frames are in place, cabinetry work has begun in many areas, and permanent light fixtures are going up. Hard tile work has started in the restrooms and communication systems are being installed (telephone, nurse call, television, security, intercom and paging). Flooring is underway in several areas of the building and wall protection and other finishes have also begun. Electrical outlets are being wired and heating and cooling units installed. Owner, architect, and engineers have completed 80 percent of the overhead inspections and 100 percent of the in-wall inspections.
As a special “thank you” to the construction workers, Hedrick, along with the City of Chillicothe held a special luncheon for the workers at the jobsite on September 5. It was great to see some of our own managers get up and personally thank the workers for their dedication to the project and explain what this new facility means to them. We will continue taking the hospital managers out to the new facility to tour the site so they can familiarize themselves with how their respective departments will be set up and where they will be located. Coordination meetings with the City, the contractors, the engineers, and the architects take place on a monthly basis to ensure everyone stays on the same page and on schedule.
The responses I’m hearing in the community, as people begin to realize just how special it will be to have this state-of-the-art facility in Chillicothe, is truly amazing to me. This facility is for the community and we want you to be proud of it. We’re confident you will be, and we’ll continue to work hard to ensure you are always proud of Hedrick Medical Center.
Speaking with City Administrator Ike Holland, he remarked that the Mayor and City Council are very pleased with the construction of the facility, the professionalism of JE Dunn Construction, and the outside beauty of the building. Further, the partnership between Hedrick Medical Center and the City on this project could not be at a higher level and we all look forward to a great future for this health care campus.
As always, feel free to visit the project website, www.healthychillicothemo.org, for more detailed information. You can view updated photos of the facility, watch a video animation of the facility rendering, and stay up-to-date on project news.
Matt Wenzel CEO, Hedrick Medical Center, and our partner, the City of Chillicothe