Hospital ER dedication set for Wednesday

A new three-story emergency department and medical building will be dedicated Wednesday at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital.

The dedication ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. with a VIP reception for invited guests, followed by the ribbon cutting at 12:15 p.m. at the hospital, which is located at 759 S. Main St. in Woodstock. An open house and tour will be held for the public from 12:45 to 2 p.m.

Lisa Heishman, vice president of Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, said the changes made to the emergency department were focused on patient care and privacy.

“Patient privacy will be much improved,” she said.

The old emergency room held 12 patient treatment areas separated by curtains, she said. The new emergency department includes 17 private patient rooms with doors. Separate rooms are also set up for behavioral health and decontamination and isolation. The new department will also have an outside covered awning for patient drop off.

The first floor of the medical building will hold the emergency department and will be open for business on June 28. The second floor will hold the surgical specialties and will be open on June 27. The third floor will hold the medical specialties, including the family practice doctors, and will open on June 20.

The groundwork for the $17.9 million renovations began March 15, 2015, Heishman said. The Shenandoah Memorial Hospital Foundation raised $1.5 million of that cost.

“Thank you to the community for their generosity for helping this come to fruition,” she said.

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