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Work progressing at Northern Lights Regional Hospital

PHOTO. An artist rendering of a patient room within the Palliative Care Unit, which is part of the extensive renovations at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre. Supplied by Alberta Health Services.

Renovations at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre (NLRHC) are well underway.

With the announcement of newly-renovated palliative suites comes an update about the hospital lobby.

Lobby update

Last month, residents completed shared their thoughts on the Suncor Heart of Health Lobby in a special survey.

Northern Lights Health Foundation (NLHF) executive director, Cindy Amerogen said work forced some adjustments over the summer.

“Exterior work [will] continue for at least another year, so with the lobby entry doors blocked off all summer that changed the traffic pattern inside the building.”

Meanwhile, Amerogen said foot traffic takes everyone entering the hospital through the emergency ward.

However, she added traffic patterns will change once again when work begins on the doors.

“[The] lobby doors will open, but the emergency doors will shut off because we’re changing out all of the doors and windows in the whole facility.”

She added with interior work such as HVAC and electrics happening, it may feel like a constant state of construction.

Nevertheless, Amerogen affirmed the work should not detract visitors to the hospital.

“The service levels are super high, and everybody is here to make sure their health is at the forefront of everything that’s happening.”

For the time being, Palliative care resides on the third floor.

Exterior work is on a three-year schedule.