|An official groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday, Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. in the main lobby of the hospital to kick off the $52.5 million expansion and renovation project now underway. The ceremony included public officials, hospital administrators and board members, and representatives from the architectural, design and construction firms.
This new development will enhance the appearance of the hospital as it enlarges and upgrades its emergency department and surgical platform, and adds a new parking garage in the parking area between the hospital and the Heymann Performing Arts and Convention Center.
The emergency department (ED) and operating room (OR) expansion will increase ED bed capacity from 31 beds to 45, and two new trauma rooms will be added. A new elevator will add direct access from the emergency helipad landing area on the West Tower roof directly to the new emergency department and surgery areas below. This will make LGMC the only facility with such direct access, helping to conserve precious life-saving time in helicopter transplants and other emergencies.
The surgery area will now have 13 state-of-the-art operating rooms.
The new six-level parking garage will contain approximately 343 spaces and will face South College Drive. A new eased turn lane will be added on South College for traffic to access the garage.