Area hospital plans $7 million project

Upper Valley Medical Center is planning a $7 million renovation and expansion project to improve patient flow.

The changes at the hospital, which is part of Dayton-based Premier Health, will start this summer and should be complete by the end of 2020.

The project includes 6,600-square-foot addition on the south side of the hospital so the cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program can be expanded and moved.

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There will also be an employee wellness area next to the cardiopulmonary rehab unit will include 1,235 square feet for exercise and wellness activities for hospital staff.

“The hospital has an excellent program that has grown significantly through the years. The expansion is well-deserved and will help make this important rehabilitation more readily available to our patients,” Dr. William Czajka, a cardiologist, said in a statement.

In the hospital main lobby, patient registration will be reconfigured along with the reception and waiting areas for cardiac diagnostics, medical imaging and lab.

The retail pharmacy and hospital gift shop will be moved closer to the front entrance. First and second floor signage will be also be updated.

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“It will be designed to allow more ease of access, comfort and convenience for our customers as they enter the hospital, as well as greater efficiencies for our staff,” stated Upper Valley Medical Center president Tom Parker.

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