ASHTABULA – The first stage of the Ashtabula County Medical Center expansion and renovation project can be seen by passers-by on Lake Avenue.
Excavators are demolishing several vacant buildings across from the hospital.
“As part of ACMC’s extensive facilities master plan, which includes the construction of the new Patient Care Tower, several vacant buildings on campus are being demolished,” said Michael Habowski, President and CEO. management of ACMC Healthcare System. “The area across Lake Avenue from the hospital will be turned into a caregiver parking lot and will also serve as an overflow parking lot for patients and visitors.”
The project is the first major addition to the Lake Avenue campus in over 40 years. The hospital’s previous major construction projects were in 1916, 1952, 1963, and 1975.
The new patient care tower will be a 115,000 square foot multi-story building with 55 new private patient rooms, including a new intensive care unit, five new operating rooms in the OR and 24 new rooms in the ward emergencies.
The new patient rooms will have private bathrooms and showers and will be more spacious and comfortable for families visiting loved ones. The project also includes the renovation of 16,500 square feet of the existing hospital.
ACMC officials have yet to release the estimated cost of the addition and/or renovations.
“ACMC has been the healthcare provider of choice for Ashtabula County,” Habowski said. “The new tower will create an even better environment for our patients and caregivers and allow us to advance our mission to provide quality healthcare that positively impacts our communities.”
The new patient care tower will be connected to the hospital on the south side of the existing building and will provide patients and caregivers with greater exposure to natural sunlight. Patients on the east side of the tower will have a view of the Ashtabula River.
Visitors and patients will enter through a new hospital entrance with additional green space adjacent to Rogers Place.
There will be two separate routes leading to the new emergency department – one for patients and one for ambulances. Emergency department patients will have dedicated parking spaces, as they currently do.
The design of the new tower also takes into consideration the flow of patients to the Ashtabula Clinic, as well as to the wards in the current south and north wings of the hospital.
“This is a very exciting expansion that will cement ACMC’s position as a premier healthcare provider serving Ashtabula County and surrounding areas,” said County Commissioner Casey Kozlowski. Ashtabula.
For 118 years, the success of Ashtabula County and the ACMC have been intertwined, Habowski said.
ACMC Healthcare System is Ashtabula County’s largest employer, injecting millions of dollars into the economy each year through the salaries and benefits of its 1,400 employees.
The health system also contributes more than $1.1 million each year in combined tax revenue for the cities of Ashtabula, Conneaut and Geneva, as well as for the schools of Geneva and Jefferson Village.