Emergency Department Parking Temporarily Relocated on Wednesday (May 13th, 2020)

posted on Monday, May 11, 2020 in General

In preparation for installing a new MRI unit at Spencer Hospital, first, the current one needs to be removed, a task which requires planning and extra lifting power.

To safely remove the unit which weighs approximately three tons, a large crane will be parked in the area typically used for emergency department (ED) parking on Wednesday, May 13. The parking area for emergency services will be temporarily relocated between 7 AM to 7 PM that day. A similar process will occur in early June when the new MRI unit is installed.

“Our hospital plant operations and our diagnostic imaging services teams have experienced the removal and replacement of MRI units in the past, so they know what to anticipate in this process,” explained Susan Zulk, Vice President of Marketing & Fund Development for the hospital. “The MRI suite is located on the first floor of the hospital and by design, there are no floors above the MRI area. However, there are two additional stories adjacent to the MRI suite.”

To access the rooftop entry point for the MRI, a crane must go over or swing around that three-story portion of the hospital. The best place to position the crane is in the current emergency department parking area. When MRI removal occurs on Wednesday, ambassadors will be available direct patients where to park, or how to drive directly up to the emergency department entrance, to access services.

“The emergency department will be accessible throughout the process, and we will have personnel present in the parking area and also near the entrance to assist patients,” shared Laura Manwarren, emergency department director.

Zulk added: “It’s exciting to prepare for the new technology in medical imaging and the many advantages the new equipment will offer our patients. Yet, construction progress can cause some temporary inconveniences, such as this one. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this step of the project.”