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OMC to begin ER expansion, purchase building and upgrade power supply

August 22nd, 2014 - 5:34am

(PORT ANGELES)-- Olympic Medical Center is embarking on a number of improvements staff say will improve access and efficiencies.

Acquisition of an orthopedic building, upgrades to the hospital's electrical service, and expansion of the existing emergency room are all in OMC's immediate future.

OMC's CEO, Eric Lewis says they're moving toward purchase of the orthopedic clinic near the current hospital.

The hospital district currently leases the building at 1004 Caroline Street and pays about $51,000 year in rent.

Lewis says the building appraised at $614,000-dollars, and the proposed purchase will go before the hospital board on September 3rd for approval. Lewis says they're also trying to improve the power supply to the hospital in Port Angeles.

OMC is working with the city to upgrade its large electrical service into the facility. Bids for the project to replace two, 40-year-old transformers and provide a second feed from a different grid came in too high, and the project will be rebid soon.

But the first improvement starts Monday. That's when OMC begins the expansion of its Emergency Department. Lewis says that for a short time, this will impact traffic in the hospital's south facing parking area.

Lewis said that the construction should be completed by March of 2015, and that new project will increase the number of ER beds from 14 to 20.

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