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Looking for room to grow: Our expansion plan

Expansion, continued from Page 1

Maternity Care Center have risen 50%. Surgical procedures, meanwhile, are up 79% and the number of CT scans performed have jumped a whopping 130% from their 2000 level.

Planning for growth

A plan to expand these crucial areas has been created by Boston architects Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott, the firm that designed Mid Coast Hospital.

Our new plan calls for a “bump-out” on the south end of the hospital which would create a new 12,300-square-foot Emergency Department that will add three beds (there are currently 12) and triage space on the first floor and a two-pod Medical/Surgical addition that will add 18 beds on the second floor. This will bring the total number of inpatient Med/Surg beds to 54.

The new medical/sugical pods will be connected to the existing unit by an enclosed corridor and will overhang the Emergency Department on the east side to create a covered ambulance bay.

The current 7,000-square-foot Emergency Department will be renovated as a six-bed changing, preparation, and recovery area in

Second Floor Expansion Plan

support of Diagnostic Imaging.

And it’s not all “bricks-and- mortar.” Mid Coast will also set aside $3 million as an endowment whose income will be dedicated to expanding the hospital’s wellness efforts, particularly in the area of obesity prevention.

Actual construction, which is not expected to begin until 2009 with occupancy set for the end of 2010, is dependent on state accep- tance of the hospital’s Certificate of Need application. That 700-plus page document was filed in mid- December. Because the projected cost of the expansion exceeds $2.7 million, the state must review the proposal and grant the hospital a Certificate of Need. That process can take between three and 12 months.

The five criteria of the State

Health Plan are used by the state to guide its review. Since there is a limited total dollar value of projects that can be approved in the 2007 review cycle, priority is given to those projects that protect public safety, promote wellness, prevent disease, manage chronic disease, and reduce cost.

How the project meets criteria

PUBLIC SAFETY—The expansion project will increase public safety by reducing the number of ambu- lance diversions that result from a backlogged Emergency Depart- ment (ED). It will also reduce ED holdovers hours—time spent by patients in ED waiting for a bed to be available in Med/Surg for admission.

PREVENTION & WELLNESS—As part of this project, Mid Coast Hospital is setting aside $3 million as an endowment, the income of which will be used for wellness and prevention programs. Initially these funds will be invested in programs to prevent obesity and manage the chronic diseases that are endemic to the condition.

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REDUCED COSTS— Mid Coast Hospital already has one of the lowest charges per patient costs in

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