MT. PLEASANT – If you have been to Henry County Health Center lately, it is easy to see that HCHC’s construction project continues to move forward at full throttle. The new Surgery Center is taking shape and the focus is on finishing the “megavator” that will move equipment and patients between surgery and the inpatient and obstetric service areas.
This area is not visible to the public, but work on the exterior is visible. Brickwork and windows to the façade adjacent to the pre/post-operative recovery rooms are currently being installed. The anticipated date of completion for the Surgery Center is mid-September 2013.
Renovations are also impacting the interior of the health center’s main level resulting in some visible changes for patients and visitors. Walls and a roof have been built around the courtyard to allow for an expansion and re-design of Outpatient and Specialty Clinics. Once completed, patients and families will have convenient access to the clinic areas from the front lobby registration.
Construction is not the only project running at full speed at HCHC. The Foundation’s $2 million Close to Home Campaign continues to gain momentum. With just $355,000 needed to reach their goal, members of the Foundation board and steering committee continue to ask the community to support this important initiative. Recently three businesses have committed to supporting the project. They are Mount Pleasant Electric Contractors with a $2,500 gift, Alliant Energy Foundation at the $2,000 level, and the Wiley companies (Jean C. Wiley & Sons, Wiley Interiors and Taft-Wiley) with a $10,000 gift.
According to Ted Wiley of Jean C. Wiley & Sons, “The Wiley companies have always supported community projects that benefit Henry County. The changes being made at HCHC will positively affect area residents, our employees, their families and each of us personally.” Members of the Wiley team, Kevin Wiley and Ryan Dexter, concurred with Ted Wiley adding that support of the health center’s growth and innovation are in keeping with their companies’ longstanding commitment to community success.
Community impact and economic sustainability were also central to Mount Pleasant Electric Contractors’ reason for supporting the HCHC Close to Home Campaign. Co-owner Todd Mabeus explained it this way, “HCHC has been an important and reliable service to Henry County for a long time. In addition to providing access to state-of-the-art technology and providing excellent healthcare, the hospital provides hundreds of jobs, provides revenue to other businesses in the area and for some of us, it has provided help during a time of our greatest needs. HCHC is here to serve everyone and we’re happy to support it.”
More photos and updates on the construction project and how to become part of the HCHC Foundation Close to Home campaign can be found at www.hchc.org. If you have additional questions about the project, please call HCHC’s Foundation at 319.385.6541.