LIMA — You’ll have to enter Lima Memorial Health System from the east side of its campus for a few months.
Hospital officials promise it will be worth the wait.
Starting Sunday, signs will go up on its campus to direct people to Dewey Avenue on the eastern side of the campus to enter through the Patient Services Building entrance. Patients and visitors will be routed through there while work takes place on a new welcome center, although emergency traffic will still go through the existing emergency center entrance.
“Here at Lima Memorial, our biggest challenge has always been when I tell people, ‘Hey, come to the front entrance,’ they’re like, ‘Which one?’” said Michael Swick, president and CEO of Lima Memorial Health System. “So now we’re really going to define what our front entrance is, which is right next to our emergency center entrance.”
When completed by the end of this year, the main entrance will return to the hospital’s west side, off Shawnee Street. Visitors and patients at the hospital will be greeted with a large bay of windows and a 45-foot high portico and four lanes of traffic to deliver people in and out of the facility. It will also include a cafe and a gift shop nearly double the size of the current one.
It’s the final stage of Lima Memorial’s $30 million project dedicated to what the system calls “Great Care.” That includes a 20,000-square foot outpatient diagnostic and imaging center, a 16,000-square foot cardiac area, a remodeled inpatient rehabilitation unit and the recently opened Lima Memorial Medical Center in Wapakoneta.
This part of the project was pushed back a year, as the hospital system focused on treating COVID-19 patients. As of Friday morning, the hospital only had one such case, said Swick, who reinforced the importance of getting vaccinated.
“It’s a matter of we want to stay modern and current. I think that’s really what this allows us to do,” Swick said. “To me, it’s being able to have more people come in with four lanes of traffic and those types of things. When you think about the volume anymore, it becomes much more about the convenience, especially for the elderly population, to be able to pull right up and be able to drop a loved one off.”