DANVILLE — Presence United Samaritans Medical Center officials want patients and visitors to the hospital to know that traffic patterns are changing due to the planned construction of a median.
Patients and visitors headed to the emergency department at Presence will soon need to approach the entrance from the opposite direction. Beginning July 8, all vehicles approaching the emergency entrance on Logan Avenue will need to enter at the Medical Center's Main Entrance south of the emergency ramp and follow the signs to loop back to emergency. After dropping off passengers, vehicles will need to continue traveling north to then exit north or south back onto Logan Avenue.
"We know it will be a challenge for those that are familiar with our emergency ramp and the traditional traffic flow," said Jennifer Cord, vice president of operations for Presence, in a news release. "We've met with the ambulance services so they are aware of the plans, and we'll be sure to have ample signage to direct those arriving by private car."
The reason for the change has to do with a safety-improvement project between the medical center and the city for Logan Avenue in front of the hospital. In order to slow vehicle traffic and improve pedestrian crossing safety in front of the hospital, a median is being installed on Logan Avenue. Because of the location of the median, vehicles would be unable to turn into the former emergency entrance approaching from the south. The design will, however, allow for vehicles to turn either direction when exiting the emergency entrance.
"Anyone who has attempted to cross Logan knows how dangerous it can be at times," Cord said. "With a median in place and a directed pedestrian crosspath, we anticipate a safer Logan Avenue for everyone."
While safety was the main driver for the changes, the median is also a beautification project. The median will be landscaped with greenery and flowers, and will be maintained by Presence United Samaritans.
"We're very appreciative of Mayor Eisenhauer and the city of Danville for helping to make this project happen," said Mike Brown, regional president and CEO at Presence United Samaritans. "Between this project, the new multiuse path and new exterior facility signs planned for fall, we're looking at a much improved face to our campus."