Memorial Hospital in Carthage builds addition to serve cardiac, pulmonary, diabetes patients

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Construction work is under way on the south side of Memorial Hospital in Carthage. (Photo courtesy of Memorial Hospital)

CARTHAGE, Ill. — Construction has started on an addition to Memorial Hospital on the south side of the main hospital building. This addition will house additional needed space that will have a variety of functions. 

Plans to expand the hospital were delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the move of the convenient care and walk-in clinic to the hospital campus in March 2021. The addition will have 5,000 square feet, with 1,300 square feet used for conference space. Memorial Hospital’s main conference room has been converted into the walk-in/convenient care clinic.

The new space will serve the hospital’s cardiac, pulmonary and diabetes patients. The expansion also will have a teaching kitchen, allowing for cooking classes. It will include cameras for remote or virtual classes. The teaching kitchen will be utilized by Memorial Hospital’s registered dietitian to expand nutritional patient education opportunities further. The new space also will have a conference room.

Construction is expected to be completed by early 2022. 

“As we continue to expand and add new service lines within our organization, this addition was absolutely vital,” said Rob Biondolino, director of plant operations. “We are very excited to have this brand new space to support our continuously growing organization.” 

Memorial Hospital is a 501(c)(3), non-profit critical access hospital. It employs more than 250 people and offers emergency, surgical, imaging (x-ray), laboratory, obstetrics, seven clinics throughout the region, specialty clinics and more. Memorial Hospital has served the residents of Hancock County and surrounding areas since 1950.

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