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April 2, 2013

ECH to expand Westport Health Clinic

Addition will house exam rooms, a lab, waiting area

WESTPORT — The Westport Health Center is slated for an addition that will dwarf the existing facility, providing exam rooms, a lab area, procedure room and other space.

Ground will be broken on the 3,700-square-foot expansion within a few weeks; a second phase will renovate the existing 2,000-square-foot building.

“The Health Center is currently located in a building that no longer provides adequate space for patients’, physician or staff needs,” said Matt Nolan, chief operating officer at Elizabethtown Community Hospital, which owns the facility. 

“Physicians and support staff are currently working in cramped spaces, there are a limited number of exam rooms, privacy needs to be enhanced, and there is virtually no storage space for supplies.”

For more than a year, he said in a press release, ECH has worked with its architectural design firm to nail down a plan that best fits the needs of the growing Health Center. 

Included in the new structure, along with seven exam rooms, the lab and the procedure room, will be a comfortable waiting room, physicians office space, a private registration area, nurses’ work station and patient consultation room.

“The appearance of the existing building will not be changed, and its stonework and character will be reflected in the new construction,” Nolan said. 

CONFERENCE ROOM

There will be no disruption to patient care, he said.

“Patients will be able to meet with their primary care provider throughout the construction process,” he said. “Once construction is complete, patients will notice a significant enhancement to the services offered. 

“The lab area and procedure room will allow many patients to obtain these additional services at one convenient location.”

The plan is to move staff and equipment into the new section of the building as soon as it is completed. Then the existing space will be renovated, creating a conference room, staff meeting space, storage and more offices.

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