DeKALB – Construction on expansions of the emergency and obstetrics departments at Kishwaukee Community Hospital is running ahead of schedule.
In response to high volumes, the hospital began expanding the two departments on Dec. 1. The project was originally slated to be completed this fall, but is on track to be finished this summer. Mild weather and an efficient construction crew have been credited with the rapid progress.
The expansion project includes six new treatment bays in the emergency department, bringing the total number from 15 to 21, plus an additional nurses’ station and a patient bathroom.
On the Maternity Suites unit, to accommodate the growing number of patients delivering babies, four private rooms primarily dedicated to C-section postpartum recovery will be added. An operating room also will be added to Maternity Suites, reserved mainly for scheduled and emergency C-sections.
Cindy Graves, director of emergency services for KishHealth System, asked the public to be patient while the construction continues.
“We continue to give patients high quality care despite the noise at times and temporary loss of space due to the construction,” she said. “We apologize for any inconveniences the construction may cause during the next few months as we look forward to accommodating more patients in the expanded space.”