PITTSBURG, KS.--- Since 1971, the second and fourth floor at Via Christi Hospital hasn't change.
"This was an aged unit. With the doubling up of rooms, you have infection control issues. And the nurses are having to walk quite a few steps," said Amy Renn, Medical Unit Director.
This is now changing as both floors are under construction.
"We want our patients to be comfortable and to feel like they have the privacy. So, that will be huge for us," said Renn.
Ryan Bloom is the superintendent of the construction project at Via Christi. His plan is to try and modernize the hospital.
"Giving it a facelift and everything else. The hospital has always been a semi, had semi-private rooms or shared rooms. And now we're making all rooms private," said Ryan Bloom, Project Superintendent.
The first phase of the project started earlier this month and currently the south wings of both floors are closed off during the stacked construction.
"In each room, everything is ran from the floor below it at this point. When we're completely done, everything will be isolated to run from this floor," said Bloom.
All renovations have a projected finish date of November 2015. For both Bloom and Renn, the final product will help patients get healthier quicker.
"If someone was to get hurt or needs help, you know they want that facility to go to," said Bloom.
"It's going to be really nice for patient satisfaction. For patient safety as far as infection control goes. And we're really excited," said Renn.
There are four phases to the construction, as each wing will get a renovation. The first phase of construction is scheduled to be done by mid-December, and hope to begin the next phase shortly there after.
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