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Published on September 03, 2014

Georgetown Memorial Hospital sporting new facade, shiny interior

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Georgetown Memorial Hospital is sporting a new look.

 The proud, red-brick structure that has presided over Black River Road for more than 60 years has undergone the first major phase of a multi-year renovation project that is enhancing patient services and improving access to the hospital.

 “Sleek,” “dynamic,” “state-of-the-art” and “contemporary” are just a few of the adjectives being used to describe the newly completed interior and exterior, which were on display for the first time Tuesday to patients, visitors and staff.

 Ann Waters, MSN, MS, RN, vice president of operations and administrator of Georgetown Memorial, said the $22 million in improvements represent an investment in the community and signify a lasting commitment to the people of Georgetown.

 The improvements we’re making are much more than bricks and mortar,” Waters said. “This work represents our continuing investment in the community that we’ve proudly served for more than 60 years. We have reached a milestone, but we still have more to complete, and I think the community will be pleased with the transformation.”

 Renovations and upgrades include a new facade along Black River Road, new sidewalks, landscaping and a resurfaced parking lot, a makeover for the Parrish wing that features expanded patient rooms and updated bathrooms, an upgraded mall area on the first floor and an expanded café area.

 Dominating the new mall area is a nine-foot high Plexiglas donor recognition wall that stretches 40 feet and features large-scale images of Georgetown.  The interior space features porcelain tile floors, wood paneling, brick columns, new lighting and new ceilings. A concierge/information desk, new public restrooms and a renovated gift shop have been added for the convenience of visitors and outpatients.

 “The interior has an entirely new and inviting feel,” Waters said. “This first phase of the mall renovation is just the beginning of more exciting new space as we continue to rebuild Georgetown Memorial while keeping the facility in full service. “

  The hospital’s exterior features new stucco on the second and third floors, new energy-efficient windows, new metal finishes at the main entrance, a new glass stairwell on the corner of the building and light fixtures to provide that a “special sparkle” at night,” architect Tom Curtis said.

 “Basically, we have built a brand new facility within the existing shell of the building that will serve GMH for years to come,” said Curtis, president of The Curtis Group, the project’s architects.

 Accent brick at the ground level was added to complement the existing red brick of the original construction.

 “We wanted to retain much of the existing red brick to pay homage to the original building,” Curtis said.

 Additional improvements include an energy-efficient HVAC system and new electrical, lighting and plumbing systems.

 The renovation project rounds out the first phase of a $34 million project approved by the Georgetown Hospital System board of trustees in 2012 and is one of several that the 64-year-old landmark hospital has undergone since it opened in May 1950.

 A complete renovation of the women and children’s services on the second floor and the construction of a new laboratory are already underway, and construction of a new hospital entrance on Memorial Drive is expected to begin soon. Work on the lobby and mall area are continuing, with plans for updates to the dining area, the addition of a staff and employee recognition wall and an area that displays artifacts from the hospital’s past.

 “Needless to say, all of us at Georgetown Hospital System are thrilled with these improvements and what these changes mean for our patients, their families and visitors to our hospital,” Waters said.

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