Fitzgibbon Hospital breaks ground for addition

Wednesday, November 14, 2001
Several dignataries were on hand Tuesday for a groundbreaking ceremony at Fitzgibbon Hospital including Ron Ott, hospital CEO (far left).

An 8,000-square-foot expansion of Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall got its official start Tuesday with groundbreaking ceremonies. When completed in 2002, the expansion will enhance the hospital's outpatient and emergency departments.

After several community leaders joined the Fitzgibbon Hospital Board of Trustees in turning shovels of dirt, Ron Ott, chief executive officer of Fitzgibbon, said the addition will enhance the hospital's service to the community.

"We have always worked with the community to provide the very best and most up-to-date health care possible," said Ott. "We have enjoyed a good relationship with the community all along the way. With the support of our Board of Trustees, we have decided to make some changes which will help us to better serve our patients."

Construction on the $1.5 million project is slated to begin next Monday and be completed in the summer of 2002. The addition will feature an expanded outpatient services area and an enlarged emergency room, along with a mammography unit and new facilities for Fitzgibbon's human resources department.

Among improvements which will be made possible with the expansion are separation of trauma and walk-in patients in the emergency room, making room for an orthopedic clinic, neurodiagnostic lab and promoting a more confidential environment for patient registrations.

Ott said, "We are very concerned about patient confidentiality, and the new addition will allow us to provide a more private environment in which patients can talk about personal information."

"We are committed to providing exceptional patient care and will continue to be dedicated in meeting the health care needs of our community," Ott said. "We appreciate the support we have had from the community, and we ask everyone to be patient with regard to any inconveniences that might occur as we proceed with this construction project.

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