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Construction underway for expansion and renovation of Cooley Dickinson Hospital Emergency Department

More than nine months ago, Cooley Dickinson and Mass General Brigham representatives and local dignitaries raised painted shovels heaped with dirt to mark the ceremonial groundbreaking of the hospital’s Emergency Department renovation and expansion project.  Excitingly, signs of construction are now visible with the addition of perimeter fencing, backhoes, and cranes removing pavement and sidewalks, constructing temporary space, and expanding the ambulance bays. The renovation project will update a 1970’s era Emergency Department, bringing the high quality care you expect and deserve, delivered in a modern, welcoming space.

The fencing in front shields the construction and relocation of the ambulance entrance, which will allow for more emergency vehicles and provide appropriate height for the new, taller ambulances.  Internally, a swing space is being created directly behind the current emergency department space, which will be utilized during renovation phases within the current footprint. The entrance and registration for endoscopy is now located in the North Building. Patients who have appointments for endoscopy procedures should look for signs that direct them to the North Building entrance for check-in.

In response to some comments from community members about the construction, President and COO Lynnette Watkins, MD, said the hospital’s Emergency Department remains open 24/7, as before, and will remain open throughout the duration of the project. “Patients and their families who come to the Emergency Department arrive during their most vulnerable moments. We will continue to provide a safe, warm, welcoming environment to every patient,” she said.

To help patients navigate the construction, patient ambassadors are available at both the Emergency Department and North Building entrances. The ambassadors are customer-service liaisons who will answer questions about parking and provide directions to patients and families.

This $26 million Emergency Department expansion, reconfiguration, and renovation will allow Cooley Dickinson to meet the ever-evolving emergency medical needs of all members of our community, from infants to elders.  Tom Brown, campaign cabinet member and retired bankESB executive, shares what this project means to him, to our community, and invites the community to join in supporting this important project in this video:

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