Moultrie Observer

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September 21, 2013

Hospital work will limit access

Colquitt Regional to close some entrances Monday

MOULTRIE — Phase II of the hospital renovation activities are under way and entrances are being rerouted.  Beginning Monday, Sept. 23, the current entrance to the Emergency Department will be closed, as well as one of the entrances into the main parking lot of the hospital.

Patients and visitors may still access the main entrance of the hospital by entering either of the two remaining entrances of the main (west side) parking lot.  Traffic flow will continue under the main lobby canopy for patient pick up and drop off.  Also, the newly expanded parking lot on the west side will be opened and available for additional visitor parking.

Due to renovations being made to the north side of the hospital, this area facing 31st avenue will be closed until the project is complete which is anticipated to be November 2014.

Patients needing to access the Emergency Department will now enter through the current Admissions & Registration lobby entrance.  There will be roadside signage directing patients and visitors to this new access point.  Admissions & Registration will continue to accept patients through this entrance as usual.

“Change is coming and it’s for the better,” said Jim Matney, President & CEO of Colquitt Regional Medical Center.  “The Hospital Authority of Colquitt County has been planning this modernization and renovation for many years and it is going to be something to be proud of.”

Shane Gay, director of Emergency Services, Gail Sparkman, Infection Control coordinator, and Dena Zinker, Chief Nursing officer, meet weekly with the on-site construction crew to ensure safety and the continuity of quality patient care.  “Our patients chose Colquitt Regional and we want to give them the very best care possible.  We are taking extra measures to help reduce noise levels and routing obstacles by offering ear plugs, closing doors and escorting patients throughout the hospital,” Zinker stated.

Until the renovations are complete, patients needing emergency care will need to enter in the Admissions & Registration lobby.  Greeters will check patients in and escort them directly to a room or a temporary triage area where they will be seen by a nurse.

Patients are also be reminded that the Med+Care urgent care clinic, located in the Wal-mart plaza, is open Monday through Friday from 9am – 5pm with healthcare providers on hand accepting patients with illnesses and minor injuries.  Monday -Thursday evenings beginning at 6pm to 9pm, the Kids Care After Hours Pediatric Clinic is open with a pediatrician on duty to see newborns up to teens.

For updates regarding the hospital construction, join Colquitt Regional on Twitter or Facebook.

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