on is Buildin
passed the DFS
and Ricky Blount
worked hard on a
prepared as usual
with the manuals.
Rodgers has a
strong group at
From Top: The exterior of the
Outpatient Treatment Pavilion at
dusk; the Pavilion lobby; and the CT
he opening of the Outpatient
Treatment Pavilion at Union
Regional Medical Center in
September 2002 marked the final
stages of a multimillion dollar
construction program the Monroe,
NC, hospital undertook to meet the
growing needs of the community.
The 73,000-square-foot Outpatient
Treatment Pavilion includes
general radiology, fluoroscopy,
nuclear medicine, MRI, CT scan,
medical oncology, and the county's
first linear accelerator, which
required over 300 cubic yards of
concrete for the 25 x 25 x 19-foot
structure. The second floor houses
a sleep lab, cardiology department,
diabetes center, lactation clinic,
physical therapy gym, and a 300-
Work on the sitework package
began in September 2000 and
includes parking lots, a campus
loop road, buried chilled water
pipe, and a new electrical service
to the entire campus.
Hospital Operates During
During the changeover to the new
electrical service, the hospital was
completely disconnected from the
power grid and all electrical power
for the hospital was provided by
four generators. Power was shut
down on a Friday evening and the
new system was started up on
Sunday morning, requiring the
coordination of 50 team members
during the 30-hour period.
Meanwhile, the hospital continued
normal operations. It was one of
many challenges successfully
handled by the project team.
DFS Inspections Receive Top
The project team was thoroughly
prepared for DFS inspections. At
the completion of the Outpatient
Pavilion, the DFS inspection team
gave the project a 99.9% rating.
"This type of response from DFS
speaks volumes about the
dedicated efforts of this team,"
states Jim Venker, Vice President
with Carolinas HealthCare System.
"My congratulations to all for this
Renovations to the existing Acute
Care building started in July 2001
and will continue through mid-
2003. The project included
renovations to day surgery
recovery, PACU, endoscopy
recovery, and the entire inpatient
radiology department and surgery
suite including a new operating
room and observation addition to
the emergency room.
Pat Hickert says, "We've maintained
an extremely aggressive schedule,
with renovations proceeding in as
many as six areas at a time. The
leadership of renovations
superintendent Greg Jankura has
kept this work flowing smoothly."
The project has required close
coordination with the hospital to
ensure no disruption to patient care.
Information provided by Pat Hickert,
Senior Project Manager.