But starting December 2, the next phase of construction includes a round of road closures that will affect access to the Emergency Room off Herlong Avenue.
The new changes will restrict all vehicular access to the Emergency Department from the Herlong Avenue entrance, rerouting all traffic via Frank Gaston Blvd. to the rear of the hospital to a temporary public entrance.
“Its going to be new for our employees, new for our ambulance drivers, new for law enforcement who come through,” said Piedmont Medical Center spokeswoman Amy Faulkenberry. “We are really are trying to let as many people know prior to December 2.”
The road closure will be in effect for approximately six months while construction work is underway at the 30-year-old hospital. In February, Piedmont’s parent company, Tenet Healthcare, approved plans for the 21,000 square foot expansion.
Piedmont will spend roughly $500,000 on new hospital equipment for the expanded facility which will sit on what is now the hospital’s helicopter landing pad. A new helipad has already been build, Faulkenberry said.
The expansion also means hiring up to 285 new employees to staff the Emergency Room.
“This is a significant investment not just on our campus but in our people,” Faulkenberry said.