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North Country Hospital’s ER renovation progresses on schedule, eyes April completion

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NEWPORT – North Country Hospital’s ongoing renovation of its Emergency Department is progressing as planned, with expectations to complete the project by April 2024. This update marks a significant milestone in a major capital initiative aimed at enhancing emergency care services, especially during high-patient-volume periods.

The hospital embarked on this ambitious project six months ago, focusing on expanding and modernizing its Emergency Department. Key features of the renovation include the transformation of the existing ambulance bay into four state-of-the-art patient rooms. These rooms will be uniquely equipped to convert into negative pressure spaces, a critical aspect in preventing the spread of contaminated air and particles.

The expansion addresses a pressing need for more patient care space, highlighted by instances where patients were often placed in hallways due to facility constraints. The construction also includes relocating the ambulance entrance to a more accessible area of the building, featuring heated pavement for safe patient access during inclement weather conditions.

Hospital officials remain optimistic about the project’s timely progress and its potential impact on the community’s healthcare services. Once completed, the renovated Emergency Department is expected to significantly improve the patient care experience in Newport and the surrounding regions, ensuring efficient and effective treatment even in times of peak demand.

As the construction continues on schedule, the hospital community and local residents look forward to further updates and the project’s successful completion in the coming months.

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