October 11, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 41

Designer is chosen for PMC long-term care facility

Petersburg Medical Center Board has chosen Bettisworth North Architects and Planners, Inc. to design the remodel project for the long-term care facility.

Two proposals for the project were reviewed by the board, with the second proposal coming from Jensen, Yorba and Lott.

“Jensen, Yorba and Lott made several changes to the design,” Petersburg Medical Center CEO Liz Woodyard said. “These changes will raise the price exceedingly more than we have money for.”

The PMC Board placed the Long Term Care facility on the City’s capital improvement projects list for $1.2 million.

“We have chosen a designer,” Woodyard said. “Now we need to get the design ready for bids.”

Hospital board members approved the installation of automatic doors for the emergency room entrance and the Fram Street entrance.

“The request for automatic doors came from a patient,” Woodyard said. “The patients entering the building at Fram Street are usually coming in for physical therapy.”

Woodyard also explained that the patients that come in alone are having difficulty managing the door when they are on crutches or in a wheelchair.

“This is a feature that is long overdue for the facility,” PMC Hospital Board Chair Tom Abbott said. “We all know it’s needed and I believe we have room in the budget for this addition.”

The board voted unanimously to install three automatic doors. Two doors will be installed at the entrance of the emergency room and one at the Fram Street entrance.

Each of these doors will cost approximately $3,000 for a total cost of the project being $9,000.

These doors will be purchased from Gyro Tech but some optional features, such as sensors or a push button opening, have yet to be decided.

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