FAIRBURY – More than 150 guests toured the newly renovated patient area at Jefferson Community Health Center Tuesday, getting a preview of the rooms which are to be put into use for patients on Monday, April 21.
“We heard many comment that they were glad to be able to see the beautiful and spacious new rooms without having to be sick,” said Lana Likens, JCHC director of public relations.
The patient wing renovation began last August, converting the south wing of Jefferson Community Health Center into private patient rooms.
The full project, estimated to cost about $8.1 million, will allow JCHC to offer private patient rooms with larger handicapped accessible restrooms and private showers. The total project is expected to be complete in the fall of 2015.
The board of directors and administration at JCHC have worked hard to continue to update the facility and be good stewards of the facility’s resources.
“We believe that in renovating the existing facility rather than building new we can most effectively use our dollars,” said Chad Jurgens, JCHC chief executive officer. “We have worked hard to have this project meet the needs of our patients and customers, while keeping the price tag as reasonable as possible.”
Over the past two decades, a number of improvements have been made at JCHC, Jurgens said. In 1996, the Bob and Wauneta Burkley Wellness Center was added, physical therapy area was moved to be adjacent to it and a large main lobby was added; in 2004, Cedarwood assisted living was added to the campus, a new dining room was added for Gardenside, and a new kitchen was built; in 2006, remodeling was done in Gardenside long-term care; in 2009, the new surgical addition and outpatient services expansion was completed; and in 2013 an 8-unit addition to Cedarwood was completed.
“Private patient rooms with accessible restrooms and private showers was the next necessary improvement in order to meet the needs of our patients,” Jurgens said.
At the same time, JCHC decided to update its physical therapy department, front lobby area and business office. The donor wall will be under renovation soon.
The newly renovated patient wing includes 11 patient rooms, a new nurses’ station, and a newly renovated courtyard area. These new renovated patient rooms will be used for all patient care as the current patient wing is renovated, which is expected to be completed in November. When completed, JCHC will have 17 patient rooms, which will meet the needs of our community based on trends, Jurgens said.
The next phase of the project will be to renovate the current patient care wing and the current obstetric hallway.
The project involves all internal remodeling, except for the addition of a hallway between the two wings of patient rooms which has been completed.
In order to make the patient room renovation possible and make maximum use of space in the existing facility, several other areas will also be relocated. The full project will include moving Health Information Services, Pharmacy, Lab, Xray, meeting space and a number of offices.
Jurgens continued to thank everyone for their patience throughout the project. The full project is expected to be complete late in 2015.
“We encourage everyone to ask someone if you have trouble finding something in our facility,” Jurgens said. “We also recognize that especially during certain phases of this project, parking could become very tight in our parking lots. We thank you for your patience.”