Chillicothe City Council members met at the new Hedrick Medical Center Monday evening to view construction progress, and later assembled for a workshop meeting and regular semimonthly council meeting at City Hall.
Many of the rooms are near completion with flooring, painting and trimwork.
The tour included viewing patient rooms, the pharmacy area, an operating room, preparation rooms, ICU rooms and triage, and examination rooms.
Once the walk-through was complete, council members and hospital representatives gathered at the City Hall Conference Room to discuss details of the hospital project. Marvin Griffin, superintendent of project contractor J.E. Dunn, said the hospital is about 80 percent completed. In his report, he said that in the next two weeks, the exterior and landscaping work will wrap up, which includes moving black dirt, seasonal seeding and finishing sidewalks and pathways. There will be one more area of concrete poured to connect the hospital to Mohawk Road. Final “punch lists” will also be created, which dictate the order in which certain sections of the hospital will be completed. Griffin said people will be able to see more final results in the next few weeks.
The project is estimated to finish in mid-December, with a February 2014 open date still planned. In regards to the budget, about 70 percent of the billings for the project have been processed. New equipment still needs to be ordered, and a meeting will be coming up soon to discuss future costs for the hospital.
The workshop dismissed in order to move into the City Council's regular meeting. Another workshop will be held next month.