Hospital improvements to begin next month

Hospital improvements to begin next month

DANVILLE — Presence United Samaritans Medical Center will begin more than $500,000 in exterior improvements at its Danville campus on North Logan Avenue.

The work, which will begin the second week of October and continue for several months, is being paid for with a $592,000 grant from the $24.3 million Illinois Jobs Now capital construction program. Some of that program money was earmarked for a Hospital Capital Investment program.

In August at Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana, Gov. Pat Quinn announced the release of those funds for about 23 downstate hospitals, including Presence Covenant Medical Center and Presence USMC.

The improvements at Presence USMC in Danville will be made to the older, north building at the Logan campus. Presence Covenant is using its funding to redesign, expand and remodel its emergency department.

Jennifer Cord, regional vice president of support services with Presence USMC, said in a news release Friday that hospital officials have been planning for this exterior work to the Danville facility for some time.

"It's exciting to finally get started," she said.

The work will include cleaning the north building's exterior, replacing and glaze-tinting windows, screen-covering window air-conditioning units to improve energy efficiency and renovating the north and east entrances to the older, north building, including the canopies over those entrances.

During the work, the two entrances to the north building will be temporarily closed at various times. Instructions rerouting visitors will be posted, and Gretchen Yordy with Presence USMC said when one is closed the other will be open.

And according to Cord, the hospital will have signs inside and out to make sure all visitors and patients can get where they need to go.

"This work is not only about upgrading the appearance of our environment, but also about improving energy efficiency and safety," Cord said.

The hospital also will be installing new, permanent signs and banners later this year.

And the contractors hired by the city of Danville for a streets improvement project in the area recently finished renovating the streetscape on Logan Avenue in front of the hospital adding a landscaped median and making other improvements like pedestrian cross walks and sidewalks.

"From this project, to the landscaped medians on Logan, to the new permanent signage and banners ... 2014 should see a vastly refreshed Presence United Samaritans Medical Center campus," Cord said.

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