Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Pekin Hospital Board Approves $2 Million Renovation Project

Pekin Hospital’s Board of Trustees has approved a $2 million plan to renovate the now vacant sixth-floor of the hospital’s patient tower. The project will ultimately add 16 new private patient rooms bringing the hospital’s complement of private rooms to 81.

“When this renovation is complete, it should be a rare occasion that patients are ever admitted to a semi-private room,” said Gary L. Jepson, Pekin Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “This is a major step forward in our efforts to improve patient privacy, comfort, and to always deliver the kind of care our community expects and deserves.”

Construction is scheduled to begin April 1, 2013 and conclude in approximately eight to nine months. Other planned improvements for the sixth floor include adding energy efficient windows, increasing computer access, and expanding physician work areas.

Pekin Hospital is currently completing a $750,000 construction project to replace air handling units within the hospital, as well as a $277,000 modernization of patient elevators to improve energy efficiency and to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

Pekin Hospital, which is celebrating its 100th year of service to the community, is accredited by The Joint Commission and is a past recipient of the Lincoln Foundation for Excellence Silver Award.

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