JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL)- Right now Ballad Health’s Johnson City Medical Center is undergoing a $6 million renovation that will impact both the interior and exterior of the facility.
We’re told phase one addresses the outside of the facility and will almost double the size of patient parking near the Emergency Room.
Johnson City Medical Center is currently working on phase one of the two-phase project.
The first phase addresses needs on the outside of the facility.
“It’s important for us to stay ahead of the curve and make sure we’re keeping it up to date so we can see patients more readily that way,” said Chief Operating Officer Eric Deaton.
Deaton said the hospital will more than double the size of patient parking near the emergency room.
Meanwhile, physician parking will be relocated across the street to Vonderfecht Way. Free valet parking is also available for those needing to visit the emergency room.
“We see 60,000 ED visits a year,” said Deaton, “so it’s important for us to make sure we’re staying ahead of the curve and making sure the work flow and the patient flow continues to work well.”
The hospital is also adding a second helipad and making way for a second entrance for emergency vehicles that runs parallel to North State of Franklin.
“They have to go through the traffic light area there that makes it difficult for them to get in sometimes,” he said. “This will allow a distinct way for them to get onto the campus and enter the emergency department.”
While new improvements aim on improving patient flow, Deaton says current construction is not affecting pace of care for patients.
“We have not seen any delay in them being able to get access to the campus or access to care,” he said. “We’ve already implemented the valet parking immediately as part of the project so it would allow patients to get in and out of the campus much easier that way.”
Once the first phase is complete, renovations will begin inside the emergency room, adding two more larger treatment rooms for critically ill patients.
Deaton said they hope to have phase one completed by late-spring and phase two completed by the end of 2020.