CarolinaEast: Main entrance to close September 1st as part of expansion

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – As CarolinaEast Medical Center continues to grow with the largest expansion and renovation in its 53-year history, the main entrance of the hospital will close on September 1 to allow for completion of a new public concourse in front of the hospital.

It’ll be closed for six months, meaning visitors will enter through a temporary entrance adjacent to patient registration.

Discharged patients and their family members will exit at the end of the patient registration corridor. Ample signage will assist in

The hospital said in a news release Thursday that ample signage will direct guests. The newly constructed main entrance is expected to reopen in March 2017.

“We are definitely experiencing some growing pains and apologize for the inconvenience,” said Leslie Allen, Vice President, Facilities and Safety. “We appreciate the public’s patience and promise you that, in the end, the new women’s and children’s health pavilion, expanded emergency department and all the other components of this build will be well worth it.”

A new tower being built to the right of the current main entrance will house a new post-surgical care area, an expanded clinical laboratory, a chapel, snack shop and gift shop and an administrative suite. The existing laboratory area will be renovated to accommodate a much-needed emergency department expansion, the hospital added.

Additionally, a portion of the parking lot in front of the hospital will also close within the coming months in order to level the grade and reconfigure parking to increase safety. “The logistics are challenging but not insurmountable,” said Allen. Once complete, the new parking area will boast a garden, clearly distinguishable walkways and enhanced safety.

It’s expected that the entire expansion and renovation will be complete by the close of 2018.

In 2017, there will be a groundbreaking for the new comprehensive cancer center, which will be built on the opposite side of the 350-bed medical center campus.

“We ask for patience as we build the best for our growing region,” said Allen.

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