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Groundbreaking set for Thursday, April 3, at 3 p.m.

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A ceremonial groundbreaking scheduled for Thursday, April 3, at 3 p.m. on the south side of the medical center, will kick-off a two year building expansion and renovation project. The groundbreaking is open to the public, with special guests being invited to be a part of this historic occasion.

Over the past five decades, the medical center has done many building renovations and additions. This will be the first one to focus on tying the campus, including many of those previous renovations, together with a central walkway and one central elevator to reach all service levels. The project planning has been centered on improving access, privacy and efficiency. It includes a more visible and accessible emergency department to be located on the east side of the medical center campus off Grimmell Road. The total cost of this expansion and renovation project is $22.5 million.

A construction start date has not been set, but preparations have already begun with the transition of public health administrative offices to a mobile office located in the southeast corner of the outpatient parking area. Public health services are now being handled in the outpatient service area. The east one-story section of the medical center, which used to house public health, will soon be demolished.

The estimated completion of the entire expansion and renovation project is late spring 2016. When completed, this expansion and renovation will enhance the many ways in which Greene County Medical Center is Always Here, Always Caring.

A full expansion and renovation project description can be found on the medical center’s website, gcmchealth.com, under the “Building Project” link. Periodic updates and time-lapsed video of the work will also be located at this link after the project is underway.