HUNTLEY – Standing between metallic studs that outline an eventual patient room, a group of Centegra Health System staffers discussed the pros and cons of trash can designs, placement of electrical sockets and television stands.
The meticulous discussion that took place Tuesday on every detail of the unfinished patient room within the fourth floor of Centegra’s unfinished Huntley hospital ensures the $233 million building can best meet the needs of patients before construction finishes, said Sheila Senn, vice president and site administrator for Centegra Hospital – Woodstock.
“This is not an act. Every meeting, they are thinking, challenging each other and trying to make the right decisions,” Senn said. “We are setting up for staff, physicians and the patients.”
Senn is one of the Centegra administrators tasked with organizing patient room mock-ups at the health care group’s newest McHenry County hospital under construction since last winter.
Staffers from Centegra’s McHenry and Woodstock campuses have been touring room replicas at the Huntley location for the last few months, examining each detail of the hospital’s surgical areas, intensive care unit and emergency department.
On Tuesday, staffers visited the makings of a patient room that will help make a medical-surgical unit, a catch-all floor for patients recovering from surgeries and various illnesses.
The staffers talked with workers from Schaumburg-based Power Construction on counter tops, electrical sockets, bedside tables, medical supply carts and even the patient information boards that eventually will hang inside the room.
The discussions help the construction company figure out the best ways to build a five-story, 128-bed hospital and limit the costs, said Tony Nugent, a project executive with Power Construction.
“We go into one room and make one change to an outlet, there is still 128 beds. That one one change becomes 128 changes,” Nugent said. “If we were to do that after the fact, it would be much more expensive.”
The mock-ups also are valuable now that construction crews have shifted the bulk of their work to the interior. The exterior to the hospital should be completely constructed by late February, Nugent said.
After installing the interior studs, construction workers will work on the electrical, mechanical and plumbing elements inside the hospital.
The company has always planned to work year-round on the hospital, despite the cold and snow that arrived last week. It remains on target for a late 2016 completion, Nugent said.