WCH breaks ground on ED renovations

The Weitz Company Project Manager Colin Waits (center, left) shakes hands with Hospital Board Chairman Dee Pollok at the groundbreaking for the emergency department renovations. The celebration includes Fred Fleck, WCH Foundation Board Director (back, from left); Joan McDermott, WCH Foundation Board Director; Jeanne Morse, Hospital Board Treasurer; Brenda Crissman, WCH Foundation Board Executive Director; Jenifer Finely, M.S., Hospital Board Director; Betsy Deibel, Hospital Board Secretary; Bobby E. Johnson, Hospital Board Director; Alan Abare, WCH Foundation Board Secretary/Treasurer; Richard Abbuhl, Hospital Board Vice Chairman; Sally Norris, WCH Foundation Board Director (front); Sandra Howell, WCH Foundation Board Director; Colin Waits, Project Manager Weitz Company; Dee Pollok, Hospital Board Chairman; Bonnie Pollock, WCH Foundation Board Vice-Chairman; Hunt Spear, WCH Foundation Board Chairman; Dale Marin, WCH Foundation Board Director and Lorraine Brodek, WCH Foundation Board Director.

Wickenburg Community Hospital held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, May 14 on Phase I of the emergency department renovation. The celebration began with a welcoming from WCH Board Chairman Dee Pollock, followed by WCH President and CEO Jim Tavary and The Weitz Company Project Manager Colin Waits. The ceremony commenced with an invocation by Pastor Duane Middleton. Phase 1 of the Emergency Department Renovation includes the creation of a new 24/7 emergency department walk-in entrance, repurposing office space creating a triage area, along with improvements to the front reception area and patient corridor flooring.

All hospital operations will maintain normal business hours throughout the renovation. To ensure continued safety for all patients, staff, and visitors, WCH created a comprehensive plan to include additional signage and sound barriers. WCH has restricted Rose Lane, between the clinic and hospital, for emergency patient parking. All other patients and visitors are encouraged to park in the pharmacy parking lot to the east, or clinic lot to the south, as well as Brailliar Street.

Plans for successive phasing will be announced as the project progresses. The timeline continues to be dependent on funding. WCH Foundation is actively engaged in fundraising efforts to raise the needed $1.1 million through charitable gifts and pledges. The web page – www.wickhosp.com/EDRenovation, has the most current update on the renovation.

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