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home : local news : local news July 27, 2011

7/25/2011 2:25:00 PM  Email this articlePrint this article 
Visitors to the open house celebrating the completion of CMH’s Phase II project check out the enlarged cardiac rehabilitation unit.
CMH CEO Don Annis, Crawford County Board member Don Richart and Hannig Construction project manager Jason Jones enjoy looking around the newly opened addition to the hospital during an open house Thursday. (Randy Harrison photos)
Hospital shows off 'Phase II' of its renovation

By RANDY HARRISON
Daily News

Crawford Memorial Hospital officially opened the doors of its latest addition to the public Thursday.

The new wing, known as Phase II of CMH's ongoing renovations, actually has been in use since the Illinois Department of Public Health approved it in June. However, Chief Executive Officer Don Annis, the CMH board and staff played host to an open house to give everyone a look at the new facilities Thursday.

The new area includes office space, an enlarged waiting room and new cardiopulmonary/cardiac rehab facilities. Also, the CMH consulting clinic has been tripled in size.

Eventually, the CMH gift shop will move into spacious new quarters there, but for now, the admissions desk fills that space. Admissions will move into Phase III, now under construction, when it is finished in about 18 months.

Annis said he heard nothing but positive comments about the new facility. "It's very heartwarming," he added. "We're here to serve the people of the county and this facility has given us the assets to do that."

Annis said one of the features he likes best about the new addition is the way it's organized. Working with CMH, an architect and a design team came up with a layout that maximizes workflow. This helps the staff and makes sure patient care areas are where they best belong, he explained.

Annis added the state-of-the-art facility is also "comfortable" and "asthetically pleasing."

Because of the oppressive heat, the ribbon cutting was done without much ceremony.

Still, Annis wanted to acknowledge the support and aid of those who helped make Phase II possible. That included members of the Crawford County Board, especially Don Richart, the county's liaison to the CMH board; State Rep. Roger Eddy and State Sen. Dale Righter; and contractor Hannig Construction.

"They did a fantastic job. We're very pleased with the results," Annis said, pointing out the company brought the project to completion at 60 to 65 percent under budget.

"We not only got a beautiful facility, we got a bargain," he said.



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