Tonawanda News — Millard was expecting 30,000 ER patients this year, but the hospital has already reached that figure with six weeks left to go in 2012.
Construction on the department is on schedule. Contractors are almost finished placing the steel — a job they have been doing for a few months.
“By winter, the building will be buttoned up,” Millard said.
Floors and ceilings have also recently been constructed, with workers pouring concrete most recently.
As the patient numbers increase, Millard said the hospital will hire more employees — as there is a set ratio of employees to patients that must be kept.
“We do anticipate adding employees,” he said.
As a result of the construction, the south roadway on hospital grounds will continue to be closed, as it hosts the staging area for construction. The sidewalk in front of the hospital is also currently closed.Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150.