Renovation of Central Peninsula Hospital's emergency department began Wednesday, part of the ongoing expansion and overhaul of the medical facility.
Richard Davidson, director of support services, said the emergency department has been temporarily relocated to the old patient wing, and construction of the new emergency department is expected to continue through late April of next year.
Also included in the $9.5 million Phase 3 project will be a new kitchen-cafeteria, a new lobby, and a new registration department.
The emergency spaces will be about 40 percent larger than the present facility, Davison said, and will include 14 new exam rooms.
The project also will include an expanded waiting area, complete with a children's play area, and a covered entrance for patient drop-offs.
The new kitchen-cafeteria will be about 30 percent larger and easier to find, Richardson commented. In fact, the entire project is meant to improve movement within the hospital.
"A big component of the project is the ease of find your way around," he said.
The current project is part of the expansion and renovation covered by some $49 million in bonds approved and sold in 2003.
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