ONE-DAY CLOSURE OF SMC EMERGENCY AMBULANCE BAY CLOSED ON MAY 9TH NOTIFIES EMS AND COMMUNITY 

Watertown, New York - As part of its ongoing expansion and renovation projects, a large crane will be installed on May 9th in order to hoist the massive new air handlers on the roof of the new labor and delivery area. This step in the project is expected to last just one day, from about 7 a.m. until 9 p.m.

The crane will be set up in front of the ambulance bays outside of the Emergency Department and will force the one-day closure of the bays. The alternate route for ambulance entry will be pulling in from Washington Street and proceeding to the entrance into the main lobby of the hospital. Staff will then escort patients and EMS providers directly into the Emergency Room via a pre-planned route. Extra staff and security will be on hand for this day-long phase of construction to ensure patient safety.

The crane will affect another area on campus on this same day. Access to the main patient registration area will be blocked off. Patients will be directed to enter through Samaritan’s Medical Office Building, turn left and proceed to registration from there.

All hospital services will remain operational during this time.

A similar project will occur in early to mid-July when the hospital’s new highly advanced 3T MRI machine is hoisted through the roof on the ground floor near registration.