HOLYOKE — Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) will open its new, $25.3 million Emergency Department early next month. The hospital has scheduled multiple events allowing employees, dignitaries, donors, and community members a chance to tour the facility before it opens.
“For the past 18 months, we have been building the Emergency Department our community deserves. Now that the construction is complete, we are happy to invite the community to take a tour of the facility before it opens through a variety of events,” said Spiros Hatiras, president and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems.
On Monday, June 19 at 10:30 a.m., an official ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held. The event will include many state and local officials, donors, and employees.
On Tuesday, June 27 from 5 to 7 p.m., the hospital will host a regional after-5 event in collaboration with the Greater Holyoke, Greater Chicopee, South Hadley and Granby, and West of the River chambers of commerce.
Finally, on Saturday, July 1 from noon to 2 p.m., the hospital will host a free community celebration and cookout. This will be an opportunity for families to come and tour the new Emergency Department. In addition to the tour, hamburgers, hot dogs, watermelon, and ice cream will be provided.
The new Emergency Department is a 20,750-square-foot facility featuring a new Crisis Center for Behavioral Health Services, 40 treatment areas, multi-patient trauma rooms, advanced life-saving equipment, and a patient-navigation service. Once open, HMC will be able to treat patients in a more efficient and private way.
The second floor of the building will house the new offices of Gastroenterology, General Surgery, and the Weight Management program.
The Holyoke Medical Center capital campaign supporting the ER project has reached $2 million of the $3 million goal. Anyone interested in helping with the campaign is invited to call the hospital’s Development Department at (413) 534-2579.