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ICU expansion, new Cancer Center Patient Pharmacy in the works

Renovations at Augusta Health continue in order to expand and update areas of the hospital to better serve patients and their families.

Construction on the patient tower is still in progress. The first floor corridor will be completed by the end of the summer, and the third floor will be finished by the end of the year, says Lisa Cline, MSN, MBA, chief operating officer at Augusta Health. The work will continue, as the ground level and obstetrics unit are still slated for renovation.

The design phase of renovations to the intensive care unit (ICU) is almost complete. The plan will expand the ICU from eight beds to 14, in order to better accommodate the growing number of patients and reduce patient transfers to other hospitals, Cline says.

The new Cancer Center Patient Pharmacy is also currently in the design phase. The satellite pharmacy will better serve cancer patients by providing them with faster delivery of critical medications, such as chemotherapy, Cline says.

Lastly, renovations to Augusta Health’s hospital chapel continue to remain on the list of areas slated for improvement. “The chapel, as it is now, is a beautiful, peaceful space but just needs a bit of renovation,” Cline says.