Tonawanda News — The decision to expand the unit was also the result of high demand for orthopedic services in the area. The hospital performs about 2,500 per year, and more than half of those are inpatient, overnight procedures, including many total hip and knee replacements.
“The second floor is also being worked on right now,” Millard said. “It is expected to be complete 30 or 45 days after the ER ... sometime in mid to early September.”
The hospital has also recently received approval from the state Department of Health for yet another project — the addition of two operating rooms and the renovation of the eight existing ones.
The new rooms will be 600 square feet, bigger than most of the existing eight, and will be added to the rows of operating rooms on the first floor near the center of the hospital.
Millard said the need for more space was the main motivator for the project, as there is a lot of equipment needed for robotic surgeries and other procedures.
The project will cost $3.8 million and will be complete in the first quarter of 2014.Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter at @JessicaLBagley